Exeter, Siege of 1068

William the Conqueror silver coin


Autumn 1068


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



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.



Exeter, Devon, England



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



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



Exeter fell just 18 days into the siege.



William I had subdued Exeter but Gytha escaped.

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