Europe's Last Warrior Kings

  • 2017
  • 1 Season

The battle between Vikings, Normans and Saxons for control of Europe is recalled.

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The Brutal Battle that Killed King Harold of England
02:25 — According to the earliest surviving account of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, the invasion was a vicious affair that lasted over five hours. By the end (more…)
Why a Fire Broke Out at William the Conqueror's Coronation
02:38 — William the Conqueror's coronation was marred by a bizarre incident. The guards outside the cathedral mistook the cheers for a riot--so they immediate (more…)
How Edward the Confessor's Advisor Seized Power
02:44 — In 1066, the English king Edward the Confessor lay dying in his bed. Three powerful men had strong claims to succeed him, but only Harold Godwinson wa (more…)
How Bad Weather Delayed the Norman Invasion of England
03:11 — It's 1066 and William of Normandy and his massive army of 14,000 men are preparing to cross the English Channel and invade England. But bad weather co (more…)

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Fri Aug 23 8:00am
Prelude to War(Season 1, Episode 1) SMITH

In the premiere, King Edward the Confessor dies without an heir, triggering a bitter race to succeed him as King of England. Earl Harold is on the spot and takes the crown. But in Normandy, Duke William believes the throne has been promised to him.

Fri Aug 23 9:00am
England Under Attack(Season 1, Episode 2) SMITH

King Harold of England takes on two invasion forces. First, his brother Tostig attacks the south coast. He is repelled, but there is more to come. Later in the year, a vast Viking invasion force led by King Harald Hardrada of Norway lands in the north.

Fri Aug 23 10:00am
The Battle of Hastings(Season 1, Episode 3) SMITH

In the conclusion, the winds finally change and Duke William leads his vast invasion fleet across the Channel. But King Harold is 300 miles away in the north having defeated the Vikings.

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