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How did William beat Harold at the Battle of Hastings

How did William beat Harold at the Battle of Hastings
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Key Info
  • How did William beat Harold at the Battle of Hastings
  • Duration: 03:09
  • Using re-enactment, computer simulation and commentary, Peter Snow presents an analysis of the Battle of Hastings. The footage shows the difference in armour, weaponry and tactics of both sides and gives an exciting impression of a medieval battlefield. The presentation includes a description of the breaking of the Saxon shield wall, the changing tactics of the Normans and the death of Harold Godwinson.
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    Monarchy: Medieval

  • Keywords: Hastings, 1066, William of Normandy, Normans, Harold Godwinson, battle, armour, weaponry, tactics
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could use the video to make a spider diagram of the reasons why the battle was won by the Normans. Students could divide into Norman and English chroniclers, and write a partisan chronicle entry explaining the reasons why the Normans won.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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