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Timetable *=conjectured or uncertain
Julian date +6=Gregorian date
 

January

3 Edward slips into coma
5 The dying king has a fit but wakes and makes final dispositions and relates his prophecy of doom
6 Epiphany - The last day of the auspicious Christmas festival so funeral and coronation are rushed
 

Autumn

August
12 Williamís fleet is completed and gathers in the estuary of the River Dives
30* King Haraldís fleet sets sail from the Solunds, Norway with 200 warships and many supply vessels
September
8 King Harold releases his army after the summer and autumn waiting on the IOW
12 Haroldís fleet leaves the Isle of Wight
12 Williamís fleet attempts to cross the Channel but is driven into St.Valery-sur-Somme by a storm, possibly chased by  the English fleet
11/12* King Harald of Norway visits Orkney and Shetland Isles where his wife and daughters are deposited. His fleet swells to 300 longships

15* Tostig submits to Harald in the Firth of Forth
14* The Norse fleet makes landfall, probably near Tynemouth
17* Sunday - Scarborough is attacked and burnt
18* Holderness, the base of one of the northern earls, is destroyed: Riccall occupied by advanced party
19* News of the northern invasion reaches Harold
19 King Harald re-boards the ships and rides the tides to Ricall on the rivers Humber & Ouse
20 King Harald of Norway defeats the combined army of the northern earls at Fulford
21* Southern army sets out on horseback (10 hours x 8kph = 80 x 4 days = 320 km)
24 Sunday - King Harald parades Norse army and accepts the submission of York: Then King Harold II arrives in York in the evening and takes steps to ensure that the presence of his army, resting at Tadcaster is not revealed
25 King Harold II defeats and kills the Harald and Tostig at Stamford Bridge.
27 William's fleet sails from the Somme at dusk
28 William lands near Pevensey after a night crossing of the Channel
29 William moves along the coast
30 News of invasion reaches London
October
2* News of William's landing reaches Harold who immediately heads south
6 Friday - Harold reaches London
11 Wednesday - Harold leaves London
13 Friday - The English muster on the valley road some 10k from Williamís camp
14 Battle with Norman invaders results in the death of Harold II and much of the south Saxon nobility
 

Table is from  'The Forgotten Battle of 1066, Fulford' by Charles Jones

 

There is a site devoted to saving the battlesite: The site has the story of the process that has allowed the site to be designated an access road to a Green Field, flood-plane housing estate. Visiting Fulford        Map York

And another website for the Fulford Tapestry that tells the story of the September 1066: This tells the story embroidered into the panels.

There is a blog covering these sites where you can leave questions and make comments.

The author of the content is Charles Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com

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