On this day 6th January, 1066 the last Anglo-Saxon King of England Harold II was crowned. He reigned for ten months before he died at the Battle of Hastings, fighting the Norman invaders led by William the Conqueror. Harold was the first of only three Kings of England to have died in battle, the other being Richard I and Richard III
King William I The Conqueror (1066-1087). House of Normandy. 25th great-grandfather to Queen Elizabeth II. In 1072 William led an invasion that forced King Malcolm of Scotland to surrender hostages and swear fealty. Completed the establishment of feudalism in England, compiling detailed records of land and property in the Domesday Book and kept the barons firmly under control. Died in Rouen after a fall from his horse and is buried in Caen, France. He was succeeded by his son William II.
Hastings 1066 - not sure about the accuracy of this scene. It seems this shows the Norman counterattack on their left when the Saxon fyrdmen broke ranks from the shield wall to pursue the retreating Norman formations. The remaining Saxon shieldwall looks to be visible on the hill to the upper left. The action looks a bit confused, so it is difficult to discern the various units.