20 September – On this day

The Battle of Fulford (also known as Fulford Gate) was fought at the place identified by Symeon of Durham as the village of Fulford near York in England, on this day in 1066, when King Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada (Old Norse, meaning “hard ruler”), and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the ‘Northern’ Earls Edwin (Earl of Mercia) and Morcar (Earl of Northumbria).

The numbers involved are disputed, but the Anglo-Saxon Earls probably had a force of some 5000 men including about 500-800 Huscarls (household professional soldiers), while the Vikings under Harald had some 6000+ warriors. Despite choosing a reasonable position to fight from (both flanks protected by obstacles; one water the other marsh) the Earls were not able to hold their line. The battle was a decisive victory for the Viking army. The earls of York could have hidden behind the walls of their city but instead they met the Viking army across a river.

Look for a more detailed article on this battle in the near future.