May 27, 2012
It was an honor to fight for Duke William's right to be crowned King in the battle of Hastings on the 14th of October 1066. The battle of Hastings was one of the most memorable and successful battles that I have ever participated in as a Norman soldier. The Duke of Normandy, William, prepared for the battle against the King of England, Harold, months in advance. It all started after the death of King Edward, the Confessor died the 5th of January 1066 without an official heir to the throne (BBC, 2011). The day after King Edwards death, Harold claimed the throne to be King Harold II of England, illegally. Once Duke William heard of this news, he set out to gather his army and seek the approval of the Pope to become England's next rightful King.
Months had gone by after volunteering to go to war with the English Saxons. Us soldiers have been working hard in the preparations of the ships we are going to use to sail across the Channel. Each day, more and more soldiers arrive to help in the preparations of this battle. Duke William has separated the men into groups to help the process of building the ships, the weapons and gathering the supplies needed in this battle. The smell of fresh wood being cut and the sounds of the ships being put together makes me more anxious to go to battle. The days seem to becoming warmer and longer and the ships are almost done being built. Finally, the day had come, Duke William had announced that the Norman soldiers were going to move out. We set sail on a hot day in July with Mora, the head ship ahead of the fleet. She was a beauty to look at, she was given a carved dragon figurehead on the prow, and a trumpeter sounding signal at its stern (BBC, 2011). The fleet, consisting of almost 700 ships, moved north to Dives before we crossed the Channel. Duke William was waiting for the news of King Harold's...