As you've no doubt known for months, this past weekend was the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. England! But also: France! Yes, on October 14 all those years ago—as accepted history goes—King Harold was killed after he'd done a great job of beating a Viking army in Yorkshire.
When Duke William—i.e. William the Bastard, or William the Conquerer—took over, he brought in changes that have somehow led to the England we know today. The one where thousands of people, in 2016, pull on their chain link and mount their horses to reenact a really old battle.
After a group of reenactors followed in King Harold's hoofsteps from Yorkshire to East Sussex, Battle Abbey became home to loads of men and women facing off again on both Saturday and Sunday. We sent photographer Chris Bethell down to chat to some of the people there about just why they like getting all dressed up and play-fighting with massive swords.
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