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THE AGE OF ARTHUR

ANGLO SAXON/DANISH CASUALTIES

 

The Battle of Stamford Bridge, on the 25th September 1066, Harold Hadrada’s Vikings may have ultimately been defeated but both sides suffered heavy losses. Its reported that around 6,000 of the invading Viking army were killed, also around 5,000 of Harold’s men died.

In the early Saxon period and as late as the 10th century it was regarded as a disgrace for retainers to leave the field of battle alive if their lord had been killed, unless the victory was theirs. Such men as did were declared “nithing” and no longer existed in the eyes of the law. The heavy slaughter of Vikings at Stamford Bridge in 1066 was probably a result of many of the Vikings resolution to die with their king.

 

After the Stamford Bridge battle the King’s brother, Earl Gurth, urged a delay while further forces were assembled but Harold seemed determined to show his country that their new king could be relied upon to defend the realm decisively against every invader.

 

 

 

PICTURE ATTACHED IN SEPARATE E-MAIL(1066A)

 

At the Battle of Hastings, the armies are said to have numbered around 5,000 to 7,000 on each side. The casualties are unknown, but were heavy for the Normans and disastrous for the Saxons.

There were heavy casualties on both sides, with King Harold and his brothers, Leofwine and Gyrth among the dead.