Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Third Battle of 1066

The Third Battle of 1066. This is an article by Guy Schofield that was published in the October 1966 issue of History Today. It deals with the Battle of Fulford and how it may have impacted other events during the Norman Conquest in 1066.

This article has been reprinted at a larger site dealing with the battle. It includes information about the battlefield near York and the 20 September 1066 battle of Fulford, which preceded Hastings. Includes maps, photographs, and accounts, as well as a description of efforts to preserve the area from development.

From the site:

A few days before King Harold reached the north to win the battle of Stamford Bridge in September 1066, the invading Vikings defeated the English at Fulford, near York.

Historians have emphasized that the losses sustained by King Harold’s army in defeating Harald Hardrada of Norway at Stamford Bridge must have weakened the force with which he had to oppose William of Normandy at Hastings shortly afterwards. This, and the exhausting marches of the King’s levies between London and York, contributed to William’s victory. Less attention has been paid to what was probably a more decisive factor – the disaster that befell English arms at the other battle of 1066, the Battle of Fulford. It has been unduly neglected, sometimes dismissed as little more than a curtain-raiser for what was to follow; yet a study of the facts suggests that it was of bitter consequence for Harold Godwinson.

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