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September 25, 1066: The Battle of Stamford Bridge. The English army, led by King Harald Godwinson, decisively defeated the invading Vikings, but at a heavy cost. Three days later the Normans landed on the southern coast, and Harald's weary army had to rush to meet them. Once Harald was killed in battle there were few Anglo Saxon leaders left to lead the army. The Norman Conquest had begun.
William the Conqueror
Harold of Wessex, his falcon signifying peace, and William of Normandy, head shaved Norman fashion, meet in Ponthieu in 1064. Harold swore to support Duke Williams claim to England. Paintings from Kenneth M. Setton (ed.): The Age of Chivalry, National Geographic Society, 1969, pages 95 and 99.