Battle Of Hastings Dbq
The Battle of Hastings happened on the 14th of October 1066 in East Sussex – which is outside of Hastings. The battle was between Harold Godwinson and William, duke of Normandy. There are three main reasons why William won the Battle of Hastings; this is because William had a 'head start' and he also has cavalry. The main reason he won was because during the battle William ordered his foot soldiers to run away so that the English would go downhill after them.
One reason why William won the Battle of Hastings was because of his preparation and readiness for the battle. His army were provided with cavalry that were trained to kick, bite and head–butt. This is shown in the Bayeux Tapestry and source 3 where there are soldiers seen fighting on horses. I know that William's half–brother organised the creation of the tapestry so the information on it is likely to be accurate. This meant William won the Battle of Hastings because he had an extra weapon that the English didn't have therefore could surprise them, attack and leave more damage....show more content...
William ordered his foot soldiers to fake retreat. This is found in Source 5 because it shows William and Harold's movements. My opinion is that doing this is very intelligent because doing this tricks the opposing team. This meant that William won the Battle of Hastings because it this meant that the English got confused so they followed the Normans down the hill, therefore breaking the shield wall. When they were at the bottom of the hill, the Normans killed the Bretons quickly so without William making this decision, it would've been less likely that the Saxons would've won the Battle of