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Instruments of Death: Season 1, Episode 3 – The Norman Invasion: The Battle of Hastings 1066


1066 is perhaps the most famous date in British history and Hastings the most famous battle. The winner-take-all clash between the warriors of William Duke of Normandy and King Harold’s Saxon army is a bloody tale of Danish Battle axes, Saxon Shields and Norman lances. How effective was chain mail against blows from swords and daggers? We’ll find out in this episode, with real life experiments using weapons of the age, which is presented by Karl from the battlefield itself.

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