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Trouble in the south

While King Harold and his men were still celebrating their fantastic victory, news arrived about Duke William's forces landing in the south.

While King Harold had been concentrating Definition on the Vikings,  Duke William had set sail and crossed 50 miles from Normandy to the English south coast.

He landed at Pevensey Bay on September 28th.  Duke William built a fort and camped at Hastings.

King Harold had already smashed the Vikings,  and now he decided to do the same to the Normans.

However, they were at the other end of the country!

King Harold and his troops marched 250 miles in 9 days.  An incredible effort!


 How important was the march south?
Were Harold's troops now too tired?

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Last updated Wednesday, 02 July 2003