1066 The Battle of Hastings

David Clarke

History Walks
South East
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: £75.00 + reasonable travel costs
9th November 2019
1066 | The Battle Of Hastings | King Harold Ii | Duke William Of Normandy

We should have won! An examination of the battle that sealed England’s fate and ended 600 years of Anglo-Saxon rule. William, Duke of Normandy and his Council of War are delighted by the intelligence received from their spies. There is a belief that in Harold’s haste, some of the army may have been left behind to recover from the long march from York and will follow on later. By contrast, William’s army seem well rested in their long established safe haven, at Hastings, and are ready for a fight. They had been dreading a long, drawn-out campaign and believe a swift engagement will be to their advantage. This talk will try to make sense of a battle that lasted eight hours and identify the key moments that led to Norman success and the end of the Anglo-Saxon dynasty that began in the middle of the 5th century. It will identify the most reasonable and strategic location, the tactics used and whether the battle should have been fought at all. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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About David Clarke

Whether it is a school talk, club meeting or group event, if you would like to find out a little more about the background to 1066, 1066 Harold's Way and other History Walks, David is an experienced and anecdotal speaker who will bring the history, walks and talks to life.

Talks will be tailored to meet your needs and fees, dates and presentation details will be discussed on enquiry.

David lives in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex and walks, talks and writes about walking, local history and all things 1066.

He considers his membership of CAMRA, The Inn Sign Society, The Ramblers and the Long Distance Walkers Association to be a perfect match for walking and is the author and creator of 1066 Harold’s Way, a 100 mile long distance walk inspired by King Harold’s epic march to the Battle of Hastings, 1066.

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