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Harold Godwinson

Volume 5, Issue 12 December 31, 1066

It was the Anglo Saxons verses the Normans, in all out battle. The English prepared according to their customs by drinking and singing all throughout the night. The Normans prepared according to their own customs by praying and asking for the forgiveness of their sins. In the morning they went out for battle, the English, all on foot and shielded as they grouped together so that nothing could separate them.

“The power of my dukedom shall be turned into a kingdom." Dule of Normandy

The Norman duke, William, believed that he and the Normans would win because God favored them. "The power of my dukedom shall be turned into a kingdom."(Duke of Normandy). The battle was going well until the Normans tricked the English into opening their phalanx by acting as if the Normans were fleeing so that the English soldiers divided and tried to kill the fleeing Normans. The Normans stopped running, stood their ground, and created hysteria by fighting the English from the inside-out. But then in a twist of fate the English stood their own ground and ended up killing the Normans by the handful. When the Normans retreated English Continued next page‌..

followed them into a valley and threw their spears and stones killing many of the Normans. The Battle was going back and forth and King Harold himself ended up dying when he had an arrow go through his head. The English retreated. As for the men in charge, Harold and William fought valiantly. Harold fought amoong his soldiers as one of them and he fought the Normans in close combat. William had three of his horses killed under him, his soldiers that aided him tried to keep him from going to far out into the battle but he kept on until he had pushed the English far enough. What was a horrible day for England, was a great day for Normandy.

Location of the Battle of Hastings

King Harold Godwinson, a.k.a. Harold II, died this year at the battle of Hastings. His death has given him the achievement of being the third English king to die in battle. Godwin’s aunt married the king thus making him Earl of East Anglia in 1045. He later became Earl of Wessex. By the end of 1065 the king had died and Harold became king.

Harold was the ruler of England from December 25, 1066 till his death. He brought the NormanFrench culture to England when he took over.

Selling family members and buying beautiful people seemed to be the trend of 1066. Godwin's wife and son ended up dying and many believe their deaths were punishment for her cruelty. So it seems that although slave trade was big, it wasn’t quite honorable. Godwin's son drowned in the Thames and the wife was struck by lightning. Men would sell female relatives in turn for necessities, the women were sold as prostitutes ."You would have seen queues of the wretches of both sexes shackled together and you would have pitied them�

Life of St. Wulfstan

."You would have seen queues of the wretches of both sexes shackled together and you would have pitied them; those who were beautiful and those who were in the flower of youth were daily prostituted and sold amidst much wailing to the barbarians "(Life of St. Wulfstan)

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