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How Far Do You Agree That William Duke Of Normandy’s Military Skills Were The Main Reason For His Success In Securing The English Throne In 1066?

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William of Normandy’s father died whilst he was only young leaving William as the Duke of Normandy at the age of 7. This meant William started training in warfare very young, quickly gathering experience and knowledge of how to plan a battle and then what tactics were best for different scenarios. This experienced that was gained at such a young age meant that William had many years of experience in warfare which helped him prepare for the battle of Hastings in 1066 against Harold Godwinson which then ultimately led to Harold’s death and securing the English throne.
Another factor that was important in William winning the battle of Hastings was that, from his experience gained at a young ...view middle of the document...

On the other hand, the tactic William used to feigned re-treat was only discovered by luck. Rumour spread amongst William’s men that William had been killed, and out of fear they ran away from Harold’s men and Harold’s men chased after them. However before Harold’s men could attack William’s army, William appeared and took off his helmet to prove he was still alive, seeing their leader was alive gave William’s men the strength to turn around and fight Harold’s men. Seeing that the re-treat had led to his men killing so many of Harold’s soldiers, William ordered his men to keep re-treating and then attacking the soldiers that chased them. This meant that William’s successful tactic of feigning retreat was uncovered by pure luck and not military skill.
Luck played a big role in William securing the English throne as, by the time the wind had changed in a way that allowed William to cross the channel and make his way to England, Harold was no longer with his army waiting for him in the North- Harold and his army were in the south fighting against Harald Hardraada. This meant that when William arrived in England he found the coast completely unguarded so he and his army could easily walk into England and prepare for a battle with Harold. The fact that Harold was in the north meant he had to travel quickly up to London to meet William’s army without giving his remaining army time to rest meant the army was exhausted from fighting in one battle and travelling straight to another battle....

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