Dig into English history as historian Dan Snow explores the end of Viking rule in England.
Throughout three different episodes we’ll bear witness to the political intrigues and family betrayals that led to famed Battle of Hastings in the year 1066.
The Battle of Hastings marked a decisive victory for the Normans against the Anglo-Saxons and Viking rule in England. A feat which has marked history and changed the country forever after.
The first episode takes a look at the precursor for the Battle of Hastings, starting with the death of the childless King Edward the Confessor in January 1066.
This set up a succession struggle between several claimants to his throne: Duke William of Normandy, Viking King Harald Hadrada and successor to King Edward the Confessor – Anglo Saxon King Harold Godwinson
Episode two takes a look the wars following the power struggles.
King Harold of England faces the first test of his reign when his own brother, Tostig, attacks the South Coast.
Later in the year, Harald Hardrada lands a Viking army in the North triggering two important battles.
In the final episode the series focuses on the culmination of both previous episodes. The Battle of Hastings.
William’s fleet is able to cross a channel and secure military strategical advantages.
This leads to King Harold rushing back to face the Norman army in a battle that will change the course of British history.
- Release date2017
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Robin Dashwood, Tim Dunn, Nicola Seare
- Also known asEurope's Last Warrior Kings