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Map of the Conquest

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1. January 1066

Edward the Confessor dies on January 5th.

Harold is crowned but William stakes a claim to the Kingdom.

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2. Early 1066 - In England

Harald Hardrada and his Norwegian army land in the north. King Harold’s troops move toward York. The battle of Stamford Bridge takes place on 25th September 1066.

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3. Early 1066 - In Normandy

The Normans and additional troops from France, Brittany and Flanders gather in Dives-sur-Mer. William’s fleet leaves Dives (1st August 1066) for Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme (12th September 1066) and lands at Pevensey on 26th September 1066. In the north of England, Harold defeats the Norwegians at Stamford Bridge.

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4. 1st October 1066

King Harold moves back down to the south. The English troops march towards Hastings for the battle that takes place on 14th October 1066.

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5. October - December 1066

After his victory at Hastings, William captures Dover and marches up to London where he is crowned on 25th December 1066.

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