Exeter, Siege of 1068

William the Conqueror silver coin

THE SIEGE OF EXETER

Autumn 1068

SUMMARY

Harold Godwinson’s mother, Gytha had enlisted the support of the people of Exeter and they vowed to resist the rule of William I

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BACKGROUND

William Duke of Normandy had conquered England in 1066, winning the Battle of Hastings and killing King Harold II (Godwinson) and been crowned King on December 25th 1066.

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LOCATION

Exeter, Devon, England

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THE ANGLO SAXONS

Led by Gytha, Harold Godwinson’s mother, the people of Exeter remained behind the city walls

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THE NORMANS

Led by King William I, lay siege to Exeter. He dug tunnels under the city walls to weaken them.

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RESULT

Exeter fell just 18 days into the siege.

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CONSEQUENCE

William I had subdued Exeter but Gytha escaped.

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