This effects of this 11th century battle changed British fates for centuries. This documentary in the History of Warfare series centers on the fight between Duke William's Normandy and Harold II's England in the small English town of Hastings. THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066 features reenactments, observations from leading military historians, and narration from Michael Leighton.
The great battle fought near the English seaside town of Hastings on october 14, 1066 was one of the pivotal events in British history. The victory of Duke William of Normandy over Harold II of England was to profoundly shape the destiny of the British nation, its language, its institutions, its way of life, and in turn shape what would ultimately become the English empire. The Battle of Hastings combines contemporary reenactment footage, period imagery, dramatized eyewitness accounts, and computer graphics to create a vivid portrayal of one of the most famous battles in military history.