October 14, 1066 - Fighting at Senlac Hill, the forces of William of Normandy defeat Harold Godwinson and the Saxons at the Battle of Hastings. Following the death of King Edward the Confessor, several parties began vying for the English throne. Crowned by the English nobles, Harold defeated a challenge from Harold Hardrada at the Battle of Stamford Bridge and then raced south to deal with William of Normandy. Fighting on the slope of Senlac Hill, Harold's men got the better of the Normans during the early stages of the battle, but William was able to turn the tide and drive the Saxons from the field. Harold was killed in the battle and William was able to continue his advance to London where he was crowned king on Christmas Day 1066.