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Battle of Hastings

16th October 1066AD. Battle in the south of England for the English crown between the English under Harold Godwinson and the Normans (and allies) under their Duke William the Conqueror. Harold's army was whittled away throughout the day, and at the close Harold was killed. William won the battle and was crowned King on Christmas Day 1066AD.
The Normans consolidated their victory by dispersing lands among those present at the Battle of Hastings often as a barony. This involved building motte and bailey castles and putting down rebellions severely. This led to the Harrying of the North. The scenes of the battle were recorded by several chronicles and by the Bayeux Tapestry.

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