Battle of Hastings
October 14th marked the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. On that day, in 1066, the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy fought an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson. The English defenses held back the French for many hours. Thinking the French were retreating, King Harold went on the attack, losing their secure position at the top of the valley.
The battle lasted all day, and was exceptionally bloody even by medieval standards. When Harold was eventually killed and the English fled, the way was open for William to assume the throne of England. For students visiting the town, Battle Abbey hosted a Battle of Hastings re-enactments on the 15th & 16th October. The re-enactment took place on the historic battlefield. Hundreds of re-enactors, from all over the world, represented the Normans, Saxons and other armies who took part in the epic conflict.
At the same time, the original Bayeux Tapestry (or embroidery as it should be described) is still on display locally until the 28th of October. The Bayeux tapestry is one of the supreme achievements of the Norman Romanesque. Its survival almost intact over nine centuries is little short of miraculous.