Battle of Stamford BridgeToday marks the 947th anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge. The battle pitted the forces of English King Harold Godwinson against the invading force of Norwegian King Harold Hardrada and the King’s own brother Tostig Godwinson.

The battle was a decisive victory for England. But King Godwinson’s victory would be short lived. In three short weeks he would be fighting another battle for his kingdom against a Norman invasion force at the Battle of Hastings.

1066 was a pivotal year for England and The Battle of Stamford Bridge was a major victory as it marked the last significant Viking invasion of England.

The clip below is from the 2009 BBC documentary 1066 The Battle for Middle Earth.

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