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The Battle of Hastings
Angelina Minton
Professor Chris Sisson – World Culture I
June 2, 2013

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to imagine myself as a figure in the Bayeux Tapestry and to write a first- person account in a letter home describing this historical event. In this paper I have described the event in detail and have explained why it was justified for us to raise arms in battle.

To My Loving Mother Herleva,
Let me start by saying I miss and love you and the family. Things have been very complicated since King Edward died without naming an heir to his throne. Edward's immediate predecessor was to be Harold of Wessex, a wealthy and influential English noble, who was chosen to be king by the Witenagemot of England. However, Harold was challenged by William who demanded that he had been promised the throne by King Edward and that Harold had confirmed this agreement. Harald III of Norway also disputed the succession. His right to the throne was founded on an arrangement between his predecessor Magnus I of Norway, and the earlier King of England Harthacanute, whereby if either died without heirs, the other would inherit both England and Norway. (Wilson, 1985) To add to this confusion Williams and Harald III both began assembling troops and ships for battle. Williams and I spent months preparing our army for battle and we waited for the right time to attack so that William could claim what was rightfully his.

Mother you should have seen it about 10,000 soldiers dressed for battle in a rainbow of colors. The soldiers wore upon their heads handmade helmets and were armed with sword, spears, bows and arrows and shield made of wood. We finished preparing our army in July and then we stocked our ships with knights, archers, infantry, horses and enough wood necessary to build two or three fortresses. The ship that William and I…...

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