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The Battle of Hastings
Transcript of The Battle of Hastings
Atticus and Scout
Significance to "To Kill a Mockingbird"
The Battle of Hastings
The Battle of Hastings is a well known battle during Medieval times, which determined who got the throne of England.
The battle was fought near the town of Hastings, by East-Sussex England.
The battle was between King Harold of
England and William the Conqueror of
Normandy. They each had their armies
of about 5,000 to 7,000 soldiers fighting.
SEPTEMBER 28,1066: William arrives in England at Pevensey, on Britain's south east coast with approx. 7,000 troops
He seized it then moved to Hastings, where he stopped to organize his forces
OCTOBER 13TH, 1066: Harold arrives near Hastings with his army
OCTOBER 14TH, 1066: The Battle of Hastings occurs, resulting in Harold's death and William becoming king of England.
King Edward [the Confessor] promised to give the throne to William. But, on his deathbed, he granted the kingdom to Harold Godwine instead, who was part of a royal powerful family. Enraged, William demanded the throne be his. He then went to England and claimed his "rightful" throne, making him the new King of England.
The battle was fought using axes, spears, shields, swords and horses. The fight concluded when King Harold was shot in the eye with arrow, half blinding him, and then he was slain.
Quote: "Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings." (First Page)
Meaning: This is important in the South, because history is strong there. They hold onto it and use it to judge others. If your ancestors were poor with a bad attitude, then you should be too. If your ancestors were courageous and died fighting a battle, then you must also be brave, and so on.
This is very significant in to kill a mockingbird, as everyone in the town already ‘knows’ everybody and the different families’ characteristics. Everyone knows about the Cunninghams’ pride, the Ewells and poverty, and Boo Radley and how scary he supposedly is.
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"Battle of Hastings - The Norman Conquest." Battle of Hastings - The Norman Conquest. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2014.
"Allusions in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Prezi.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.
"William the Conqueror." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Oct. 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.
"Harold Godwinson." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 30 Oct. 2014.
Known has Harold II or Harold Godwinson
Born in 1022
Died on October 14th, 1066
Coronation on Jan 6th, 1066
Death marked the end of Anglo-Saxon rule in England
Brothers Gyrth and Leofwine were also killed in the battle
William the Conqueror
First Norman king of England
Died in 1087 (58-59 years)
Born in Normandy
King Edward was is first cousin, once removed