Over one thousand history enthusiasts took part in a recreation of the Battle of Hastings this weekend for the 950th anniversary of the famous event.
The re-enactment was staged on the original site of the battle, which took place seven miles from Hastings at a place called Battle Abbey. The site was built upon by William the Conqueror following his defeat of King Harold on October 15 in 1066.
As well as the recreation of the famous battle, which saw the victorious Norman troops facing off against an Anglo-Saxon army, the East Sussex event had weaponry displays, historical lectures and authentic camps set up around the vicinity. Over 8000 people attended the event, watching excitedly as the armies in period costume swung swords and shot arrows.
The Battle of Hastings is considered to be one of the most pivotal events in English history, drastically changing the makeup of the nation following Duke William of Normandy’s ascension to the throne.