Hastings 1066

Hastings 1066

by Jonathan Trigg

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Hastings 1066 by Jonathan Trigg

The battle in which the destruction of the shield wall changed Western Europe forever.



In 1066, a foreign invader won the throne of England in a single battle and changed not only the history of the British Isles but of Christendom forever. Harold Godwinson’s army, exhausted from their victory against an invading Norwegian Viking army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in the north, and his navy, scattered by storms, could not hold back William of Normandy. But would the invasion have succeeded if the two armies had met on equal terms?



Author and ex-Captain in the Royal Anglian Regiment Jonathan Trigg brings a soldier’s eye to the story to explain the precise circumstances of the conflict and the reasons for the outcome. The Battle of Hastings is in fact a tactical lesson in the use of all arms: Harold’s forces consisted entirely of infantry. William had the best cavalry in Europe, perhaps the world, heavily armoured and armed with lance and shield. He also had crossbowmen, never before seen in England. This book gives a clear, concise account of the Battle of Hastings and the events that influenced it, supported by a timeline of events and orders of battle. Over fifty images illustrate the events during this momentous campaign.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459733992
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: Battle Story Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,230,904
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Trigg served in the 1st Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment, reaching the rank of captain and completing tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and the Middle East. He is an established writer on military history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

List of Illustrations 8

Introduction 14

Timeline 20

Historical Background 24

England in 1066 26

The Viking Age in England 28

The Dukedom of Normandy 32

50 Years of Invasions and Alliances 33

The Armies 42

The Commanders 43

The Soldiers 55

The Kit 61

The Tactics 66

The Days before the Battle 70

The Battle of Fulford 71

The Battle of Stamford Bridge 75

The Battle 91

After the Battle 126

The Legacy 139

Visiting the Battlefield 150

Further Reading 152

Index 154

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