Click a box at the bottom to follow one possible course of the battle of Fulford.   There are six images in this sequence.    

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The position of the defenders along the Beck was untenable. To their front, Viking warriors thrust at them from the ditch while others engage them from the other bank. Now, from their right, came King Harald's charge or 'storm'. 

The defenders could not reform or quickly reinforce to meet this threat. The firm ground on their bank was little more than a causeway. The outflanked line steadily yielded to Hardrada's superior force. 

From the high ground on the left flank, Morcar and his defenders could only see the battle in front of them at the ford where neither side was making progress. They would not have seen the breakthrough.

In less than 30 minutes the force holding the Beck was rolled up. Suddenly the Vikings were upon them from behind.

The roll-up begins

Back to the turning point

On to the encirclement of York's defenders


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