A very brief history of Britain

Thomas Beckett Assassinated

On 29 December 1170 they arrived at Canterbury. According to accounts left by the monk Gervase of Canterbury and eyewitness Edward Grim, they placed their weapons under a tree outside the cathedral and hid their mail armour under cloaks before entering to challenge Becket.

Henry III defeated

Simon de Montfort leads rebel English barons to defeat Henry III at the Battle of Lewes

Black Death hits British shores

The Black Death first arrives in England and ultimately kills c. one third of the population

Murder of Henry VI

Henry VI is murdered and Edward IV is restored to the English throne

King Harold Killed in Battle of Hastings

The two armies clashed at the Battle of Hastings, at Senlac Hill (near the present town of Battle) close by Hastings on 14 October, where after nine hours of hard fighting and probably less than 30 minutes from victory, Harold was killed and his forces routed. His brothers Gyrth and Leofwine were also killed in the battle.

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