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York in 1066
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At the time of the Battle of Fulford the city had expanded towards the Foss where a rampart was constructed.

Access to the town from the direction of the battle was restricted. It should have been possible for those retreating from the Battle to prevent king Harald's army from overwhelming the city.

The written evidence is clear that the city was surrendered. It was not unknown for fortified towns to be stormed but it was not the favoured method of fighting. 

The sketch map, derived on the existing evidence, shows the good defensive location of York. It was in the interests of the invader to possess the city without the need to assault the walls.  The strength of the city defences raises the question of why the defenders left them to meet the invaders at Fulford.

The explanation is found in the military tradition of the time. The assault and capture of burghs was not uncommon. The creation of fortified strong points had been established by Alfred as part of his administrative and military reforms to combat the Norse invasions.

The were intended as rallying points and to have a deterrent effect. 


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The author of the content is Charles Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com   Last updated April 2015

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