Military history

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Statue of Alfred the Great, Winchester.

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Corfe Castle, on the site where Edward the Martyr was killed in 978. He had reigned for only three years and was succeeded by his brother Aethelred.

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Winchester, the West Gate.

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Shaftesbury, with the Abbey ruins in the foreground.

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Bosham, where Harold possessed a hall and from where he set out across the Channel on the journey that resulted in him meeting William, duke of Normandy.

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Dover, the scene of the clash which brought to a head the differences between King Edward and Earl Godwin.

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York, where two hundred of Tostig’s men were attacked and killed by Northumbrian rebels in 1065.

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Vire, which came under Rolf’s authority by about 924.

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Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror. The stone towers of the castle were built after his death.

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Bishop Odo’s castle at Bayeux; note the elaborate decoration.

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Caen, the main ducal stronghold in western Normandy.

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Wallingford, looking towards the castle.

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The modern town of Hastings, viewed from the height of the castle.

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Westminster Abbey, built by Edward the Confessor, was consecrated on 28 December 1065.

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Waltham Abbey, Essex, founded by Harold Godwinson.

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The mill pond on the Derwent, near the crossing point of the river.

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Part of the wall of Pevensey Castle, Sussex, close to where the Norman
invaders landed.

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Bishop Odo and the Normans eating during the wait on the coast. The scene is rather daringly based on a depiction of the last supper, with Odo taking the place of Christ.

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Battle Abbey: the memorial built to mark the spot where Harold was said to have been killed.

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The motte of Berkhamsted Castle, the probable site where many of the English submitted to the Conqueror.

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