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The Three Kings of 1066

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  •    DURATION: 2h 00min
  •  LANGUAGE: English
  •  EXPERTISE LEVEL: Advanced
  •  CATEGORY: History

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From the Author of ''The Three Kings''

Almost a thousand years ago, something happened - the epic Battle of Hastings that would forever change the course of western civilization.  Why it happened is a mystery we still explore as the evidence is scant.  But, that it happened is reasonably clear. Estimates range in number, but probably 15,000-20,000 men gathered in a very dense formation, each of them believing that their death would result in the immediate ascension into heaven. A quiet chill swept over the October fields of Cenlac hill on the 14th of October, 1066. It wasn’t that all the men and horses dripping with sweat, nervous tension and restless energy were packed in such close formation in one tiny corner of England, rather their entire world would be changed by a battle each knew was certain, but knew not the result of their toil and blood.

The Battle of Hastings in 1066 changed forever the history of Europe, and thus the History of the entire world. Such was its impact that we can scarcely imagine an alternative scenario. England might have arisen as a Scandinavian country with little desire to colonize a new world. A language spoken the world over might have been Norse and not English. And instead of Medieval Norman Feudalism, England would have retained its rich and highly complex Anglo-Saxon society. 

In some senses, this was the First World War. The English forces under Harold had men from as far away as Wales and even Ireland.  Their counterparts, the forces of William, Duke of Normandy, were made up of Brettons, Frisians, Dutch, Germanic and even Italian men. And, there was a powerful third entity, Haralde Hardrada. This was a Viking powerhouse, a living legend already. Hardrada was the best educated and who held the distinct advantage of surprise. His forces were made up of warriors who followed him back after a crusade. This brought people from the Middle East, The Balkans, Russia, and other Danes into this international conquest of an island so very far away. 

This class will answer questions about a time we romanticize. The Middle Ages. It is a time where even the serious things were done with a sense of play. But not on this day, not in this place, and not in this time. This class will lead you through the events in one year in a manner that even the casual historian will find exciting.  

I rely on Primary Sources, Eyewitnesses, and Archaeology to weave an exciting story of intrigue, passion, greed, into a story you will never forget. 




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The Three Kings of 1066

Academics History