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King Harold was killed in the Battle of Hastings. Source: Sebastian / Adobe Stock.

The Brutal Battle that Killed King Harold of England (Video)


On October 14, 1066, a fateful clash unfolded on the fields near Hastings that shift the fate of England dramatically. William the Conqueror’s forces, having landed at Pevensey, swiftly seized Hastings, setting the stage for a brutal confrontation. The battle, commencing at 9:00 a.m., saw the relentless onslaught of William's cavalry, delivering relentless blows that painted the landscape with unimaginable brutality. As the conflict raged for hours, casualties mounted, claiming even King Harold's of England’s closest ally, his brother Gyrth, felled by William's own hand.

With the sun casting long shadows by early afternoon, the intensity of the struggle persisted. In a decisive moment, William's archers took aim, forever altering the course of history. The once-mighty King Harold of England succumbed to the arrows, marking the tragic conclusion of a pivotal chapter in the nation's narrative. The battleground, stained with the sacrifice of warriors, bore witness to the fall of a monarch and the seismic shift that would resonate through the annals of time.

Top image: King Harold was killed in the Battle of Hastings. Source: Sebastian / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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