Watch Again

Europe's Last Warrior Kings:

How Bad Weather Delayed the Norman Invasion of England

Watch More
back to video

»England Under Attack

How Bad Weather Delayed the Norman Invasion of England

Short | 03:04

It's 1066 and William of Normandy and his massive army of 14,000 men are preparing to cross the English Channel and invade England. But bad weather conditions force them to wait.

On TV

More About This episode

Before the epic Battle of Hastings, two other invasions in 1066 rock England. The attacks force its new king, Harold Godwinson, to risk his life defending his crown against Viking king Harald Hardrada of Norway and Duke William of Normandy. Join host Dan Snow as he travels Europe to explore medieval battle sites, comb through extraordinary manuscripts, and meet with historians to uncover new insights into this enigmatic period in our history.

Ways to Watch

Buy this show from any of these distributors

Have Smithsonian Channel through your TV provider?

Watch this episode online now.

Return to Video Page