|The Battle of Hasting
|Part of The Failed Conquest|
The English defending a hill during the battle of Hastings
|Commanders and leaders|
|Harold the warrior||William the Second|
|Casualties and losses|
The Battle of Hastings, also known as The Battle for England, or William's Folly, was a brief but decisive conflict between the English, lead by Harold, and the Normans, lead by William. The most common name, The Battle of Hastings, is somewhat of a misnomer - it was not a battle, but rather a brief war. The misunderstanding is justified however, as the Battle of Hastings itself is the most famous, and most destructive part of the conflict.
Whatever you call it, the conflict was probably one of the most decisive in history, right up there with the Grand War. If Harold had failed, England would have almost certainly fallen to William, and English culture would have fallen with it. Additionally, had events gone differently, many nations that were formed as an indirect result of the conflict would have never formed, and history would have been changed completely.
William, Duke of Normandy, had set his sights on England. Wanting to conquer it, he gathers an army of 8,000 and on [Placeholder] set sail for England. Upon arrival, he began to ravage the landscape, even winning a few battle against local nobles. With Harold, and much of them English army, in the north, William had plenty of time and plenty of space to make sure any confrontation would be on his own terms. He began to build a temporary wooden castle as his headquarters, with temporary barracks erected nearby. He also began to pay off local farmers and merchants to keep an eye on any aggressive movements the English might make.
Meanwhile, as William sought to secure the South, Harold was returning from securing the north. He had just defeated a major Norse attack, and had gone to London to recover from the battle, leaving the bulk of his army behind. However, upon learning that William had landed an army in England, he quickly began to rally an army from around London, and called his existing troops down from York. By the time his troops arrived, William had been in England for almost a month, and was pretty dug in. However, Harold had an army more than twice the size of Williams, and with this in mind, the English began to march south.
As he marched south, Harold used William's of paying off locals as informants to his advantage. By paying them off, or simply hiding the true size of his army, Harold ensured any reports that got back to William vastly understated the size of the English army. After only about a week of marching, Harold's army moved into position to attack the next day on the night of October 7th. Wanting to conceal the true size of his army until the very last moment, Harold stationed more than half his army almost a mile behind him. With this setup, Harold and the English were ready to try and take back their nation.
The Battle of Hastings