The mysteries of Hastings


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Military Illustrated - Past and Present
Vol. 208, no. 0805 (September 2005), p. 48-55


As both armies of warriors clashed at the battle of Hastings in 1066, they fought with sword, axe and shield. But there were also key differences between the two forces - differences that proved crucial to the outcome. Why were there only Norman archers? Why did the English not fight on horseback? In an extract from 'The Battle of hastings' (Sutton), Jim Bradbury seeks to solve these central mysteries of the combat