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Britain’s Treasures…

The atmospheric battlefield and abbey near the southern coastal town of Hastings mark the site of one of the most pivotal clashes in English history


LIVE BATTLES This year’s re-enactment will be particularly epic, with weaponry production and medieval falconry

The backdrop was the disputed crown of Edward the Confessor. His death in January 1066, having left far-from-clear instructions for his succession, was the crucible in which a perilous uncertainty for England was forged – had he promised the throne to Harold Godwinson on his deathbed, as Harold asserted? Or had he, years before, vowed to pass it on to the Norman duke William? And what of the Viking Harald Hardrada, also aggrieved to be overlooked as heir?

As the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on 14 October approaches, there’s no better place to get a taste of the epic conflict that resulted from that uncertainty than the landscape that witnessed the battle itself. Battle, six miles inland from Hastings in East Sussex, marks the spot where, on that fateful, bloodsoaked day, the forces of William the Conqueror squared up to those of King Harold.

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