National Geographic : 1966 Aug
AND CONAN HAS TURNED IN FLIGHT RENNES Swarming Across the Countryside, Harold and William Corner Panicked at word of the approaching Normans, Conan slithers down a rope from Dol Castle even though he never in fact captured the fortress. Wearing helmets with nose pieces and 222 knee-length hauberks of chain mail, the knights give chase past the city of Rennes. They run Like a plum for the pluck ing, England lay open for invasion when King Edward died in 1066. Harold of Eng land held the throne and faced two threats-William of Normandy and King Har old Hardraada of Norway. Changing winds decided England's fate. Taking ad vantage of a steady norther ly, the Norwegians landed first. The English king, hear ing of the invasion, raced north. Before his arrival, Hardraada had vanquished the northern Earls Edwin and Morcar at the Battle of Fulford. Harold surprised the Norwegians at Stamford Bridge and defeated them. Meanwhile, a shift in the wind enabled Duke Wil liam to set sail from St. Vale ry and land in England. Har old's battle-weakened troops rushed to meet the new foe, and defeat, at Hastings.