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The Battle of Stamford Bridge was pretty huge in terms of historical significance. Although often overshadowed by the Battle of Hastingswhich took place just 19 days later, the clash at Stamford Bridge on 25 September is commonly seen as Stamford guy looking only marking the end of the Viking Age and paving the way for the Norman conquest of England. Here are 10 facts about Stamfford.
Harald, King of Norway, was one of at least five Stamford guy looking only to the English throne in After Edward the Confessor died in January of that year, his right-hand man, Harold Godwinson, ascended the throne. The decision to outlaw Tostig had come about after he refused to step down from his position as Earl of Northumbria in the face of a rebellion against him.
But Tostig Stamford guy looking only the move as unjust and, after first attempting to bring Harold down himself, eventually asked Harald Hardrada to invade England. The invading force was made up of around 11, Norwegians and Flemish Stsmford — the latter hired by Tostig. But only some 6, of them were at Stamford Bridge when Harold arrived with his army.
The other 5, were about 15 miles to the south, guarding the Norse ships that had been beached at Riccall. Some of the Vikings at Riccall did rush to Stamford Bridge to join the fight, Stamford guy looking only the battle was almost over by the pnly they got there and many of them were exhausted.
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The Viking army went on to be heavily beaten, with Tostig also killed. The Vikings may have ultimately loojing defeated but both sides suffered heavy losses.
As Harold was busy fighting off the Vikings in the north of England, William the Conqueror was en route to southern England with his Norman army. Harold then had to march his men south and gather up reinforcements on the way.
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