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May 04, 2008


Alexander Clark

After the Battle of Hastings Hasting, William spent some time regrouping his forces and planning his next move. Presumably his intention was in fact to implement strategy 1 to some extent(intimidating enemy strongholds). By smashing Harold and loitering he gave the Anglo-Saxons a chance to submit. Gaining the submission of London was the first post-Hasting step to getting himself crowned as the legitimate King of England.


Gary Smailes

Alex - I think what must be remembered is that no one thought the battle would be as decisive as it was. In the weeks following the clash William would have been worried that a second attack or revolt must be brewing. However, the size and effectiveness of William's forces did indeed bring many strongholds to their feet with conflict.

Alexander Clark

I'm not sure really, I can't remember either the either the Anglo or the Norman sources stating what would people thought would happen next. There is also a sense of inevitablility in the way the Norman sources are written. There might be one or two lines in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle about William's intentions.

But I suspect you are probably right. There were after all, plenty of earls and thanes later on who had the resources to lead revolts.


Gary Smailes

William's control of England in the years following Hastings is a master class for any medieval ruler. It sets in place a blue print for managing a hostile population, which a number of kings implement in the coming years.

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