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Dear Family;

It is with great pride to let you know that I have survived the Battle of Hastings. We were victorious but it was not an easy venture. We had a meeting about how the trip would be before leaving Normandy. They said that it would only be about 5 hours to get there, but turns out that it took us over 12 hours to reach England. We didn’t think when rushing to make these boats that it would be such a long trip. If we had known we would have built them so they were more stable. I saw Tim bend over on the side of his boat looking very ill. I think he may of got sick from something when smiting the weapons, but it could have just been from the water. He was so ready to fight he put on his uniform as soon as we got them. I on the other hand, decided to keep mine off until we got closer. I did not want to because the chainmail was so heavy and wanted to conserve my strength. The Sun was beaming off the water; it was too hot to have it on. I do wish I was on the Mora Ship. The ship is so elegant and a masterpiece that it is just a honor to be in a fleet with it. The ship has a Dragon figure on the prow and screams war.
All the men on the boat knew this was not going to be an easy fight. The thing was we all understood what was right. King Harold stole the crown from King Duke. Harold and his lies will not be taken lightly. The cowardly Harold forgets that there were witnesses, like me. I heard him King Edward tell the room that William will be King. While Harold was agreeing to support him just ensures the snake needs to have his head cut off. I know you did not want me to go to this fight. If Harold will lie about this, then we know he will lie about anything and his deceptive actions may include Normandy someday. The Pure Hate in my belly will ensure that I am the one that lays this devil in the dirt. I practice my aim on the fish on the way. You would have been proud. I beat my old record of 10 and killed 15 fish in a row.
As the waves started to calm my nerves started to sink in. I knew that land was near given the sun from the time we left. I started to put my suit of armor on and gathered my bows. I did not use too many during the fish practice because I was worried that supplies may run low. I hear a mate scream land, I hurry and gather all my supplies. We were the 4th ship to hit the sand and jumped off as though the battle was happening right now. It was a little confusing to see everyone so excited and unsure what to do. Luckily, William gathers all of us together and held a great speech. He advised us that tomorrow morning we would go to battle. That tonight may be our last and to feast like kings. None of us knew he brought some of the finest meat juice, but he said that none of us are to drink any wine since we have to rise early. The meal I had that night was a chicken stick. You know it is my favorite and I could not resist. The chicken stick came with beans and I felt like a prince resting looking into the stars. They were so bright, brighter than I have ever noticed before. I saw afar what may have looked like a comet, but I was unsure since it was so far away.
Before I could go to sleep The King said he wanted to meet with all the archers that night. He gathered us up and stated that he had a plan and only a few of us were involved. He wanted us to charge the Saxons as a recon and then flee. I was honored and scared as it could be a death mission but for him to have the faith in us start the battle. I could barely sleep that night, fear and anxiety was running through my body. All I wanted to do was my destiny, to fight as hard as I could and show my family proud. I had to do my best for my beloved Candace is waiting on my return. If I were to fail I know that it would break her heart. My family you and her are the reason that were able to let me fall asleep. Just thinking about the times of being around everyone and sharing mutton was enough for my body to rest.

I woke up rather early before most of the solider. I was ready and suited up and gathered all my arrows. I even placed a small knife on my side just in case if I had to do close battle. The air smelled of something fierce that day, it smelled as fresh and clear but a hint of injustice. I planned to make sure that justice happened this day. As the men awoke and gathered in formation. I saw other ships still coming in, they had just arrived. Lucky for us, we had time to rest. The king commanded us to get ready as the first line. He got ready and ran over the hill.(Grehan,2013) Once on top I could see the English men, they were tired and looked unprepared like they just fought a battle. I decided to take a shot at a man that looked like King Harold. It was not him, but I laid the man down. The shot was not the best move; they were on guard after that. They used their shields to block most of our attacks. I was able to injure some of them by laying arrows in the legs or arms. The other archers were not thinking clearly as me. We were losing ground and they were coming closer to us. We had to fall back. The decision was all part of our King’s plan.(Garnett,2009, pg.24)We ran back and the followed us over the hill to a trap. I ran past the swords men into the back to attack again. The swordsman was taking them down and my aim was unstoppable felt like the gods were guiding my hang and aim as I tore throw limbs. We had them pushing back, Horses were falling and Men turning into babies. I was on top of the hill and had killed many men and decided to look for King Harold. He is the reason we are here and I needed to end this now. I slowed my aggressive attack to look for him. Then everyone started to say that King William was dead. I was shocked and very emotional. Is this my fault, because I stopped my aggression and looked for William? I was willing to give up and surrender because of the rumor. Right as my will was dying; King William turned around on his horse and showed his face. He said,” Look my men, It is me, you leader, I am alive and have gone nowhere”. My heart was refilled and focus regained. I launched my arrows to defend our king. I looked in to the east and saw King Harold. I knew this was my chance to make my name. This was the time to end this for Normandy. I blocked everything out and aimed like a legend. I shot an arrow than landed in his eye.(Niel, 2010) He dropped like the maggot of a fly he was to the ground. I screamed a victorious cry in the wind. The army kept fighting through and soon the slaughter of the Englishmen was over. I did notice that once people saw the king they laid their swords in him. I understood the fact of finalizing the victory of this battle. The all waked up and stabbed his body and started to be parts back to King William. This was a day we will always remember, the day we took back from a corrupt King.

References
Garnett, G. (2009). The Norman conquest: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
GREHAN, J. (2013, March). BATTLE of Hastings, England, 1066. British Heritage, 34(1), 9-9.
Jones, N. (2010, December). The Normans. Britain, pp. 80-87.

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