Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, once made a bargain with William, Duke of Normandy. He promised something he later regretted - then fought to avoid. With the throne of England at stake, however, William was willing to risk his life and invaded Britain to force payment.
What modern scholars have discovered, regarding the battle conditions, help to fill-in the details of this history-changing event.
Clip from the series Battlefied Detectives (Season 1), episode "Who Got Lucky at Hastings?" Copyright, Acorn Media, all rights reserved. Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.
Originally aired on the History Channel, 4 October 2003 – 19 November 2006.
Clip online, courtesy YouTube.