The long-term causes were so important because William was skilful and ambitious, and he was determined to be King of England. In the Bayeux Tapestry, it shows William’s army getting ready. A second reason the Normans won was due to medium term causes. King Harold lost the battle because his army was not prepared. Some of his best fighters died at the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the rest of his army were tired out from the battle and the journey south to meet Duke William’s army.
Harold won the battle at Stamford Bridge, which took place on 25 September 1066, though it was at a cost. By the end of the battle lots of his faithful Housecarls were either dead or injured and all of his men were exhausted. To add to this Harold
Was the Labour 1945 election win a forgone conclusion. There are many different opinions as to why Labour won the nineteen fourteen five general election. A large amount of the opinion that the election was over even before it had begun however i do not think that this is true. In my opinion the main reason for Labour winning the 1945 election was not thorough the skill of the Labour and certainly not through the skill of their campaign of Atlee himself it was through the conservatives and in particular Winston Churchill shooting himself in the foot.The conservatives made many errors however the biggest of these was the comment than Winston Churchill made on the 4th of june 1945 in which he spoke about how no socialist government come survive without a Gestapo type presence, whether or not this is true this was not a quote which was thought through in anyway by the prime minister at the time or by any of his advisors the United Kingdom was just coming out of a long and hard war in which British propaganda had made the Gestapo out to be the ultimate enemy. For this reason the Gestapo was not something that the British people were very sympathetic towards and Winston Churchill by using this in is his speech made a large amount of the British people reconsider their views on him and it was around this time that the British people started to see Atlee as a serious option to lead the country.
Buckingham was blamed heavily as the Cadiz expedition was a total failure. He had planned to attack the Spanish galleons so he could firstly, retrieve the treasure and then go into attack the towns. Buckingham was hoping that this war would be on par to the Spanish Armada and that the attack would be seen as successful and heroic as that of the Elizabethan period. However, the entire expedition was a failure. Firstly, there was no water for the soldiers to drink and the only thing available was wine.
Hadrada had a wall of warriors surrounding him, with their shields firmly interlocked, but against horses, this was still not going to be the easy win that they were used to. However, the horses wore no armour to protect themselves, and this left them vulnerable to attack when charging at the wall of shields that they were presented with. Out of the three hundred ships that Hadrada had landed with, the demolition at Stamford Bridge meant that when they finally fled the battle, he only left with 24 of the ships he had started with. A mere three weeks later, even though still not fully recovered from the battle of Stamford Bridge, and five thousand people down, word of an impending Norman attack reached Godwinson, and this left him no choice but to march over two hundred miles to where they were, and not regroup and gather more troops, because William of Normandy was pillaging and harrying the villages with no hesitation in the south. This meant that William was with an immediate advantage, and this is perhaps the first time we see psychological warfare in use for certain.
However, the greatest humiliation came at the battle of Tsushima in May 1905. Russia lost 25-35 warships in this clash. Many mistakes were key to the loss of this war. To begin with the Japanese were far better prepared to tackle disease with medical water testing devices. As well as this the Trans-Siberian railway was still unfinished and this meant that Russia struggled to move its troops and supplies form west to east.
Henry’s foreign policy was a failure due to England’s lack of resources. This is shown by the Treaty of Bruges, where Henry and Wolsey promised that English forces would invade France unless Ferdinand agreed to make peace. This was a huge problem as England had no money or resources to carry out an attack of France, and so Wolsey managed to negotiate a delay in England entering the war for a couple of years. This however backfired as the French king was faced with a rebellion from his own people in 1523, and England was dragged into a three-pronged assault. This was a huge failure because the English army ended up falling apart due to a lack of supplies and had to return home with nothing being achieved.
Lastly due to his strong and rough ruling tactics when in control of the empire, he was exiled. In Napoleons eyes, his empire was always incomplete and his constant goal was to take over more land at all costs. This goal lead to one of his costly mistakes of the Continental System. The Continental System was Napoleons attempt to blockade Britain and stop all communication between them and other countries. In turn this would destroy Britain commercially and their industrial economy allowing Napoleon to take over Britain however did not work and left Napoleon worse off then he was before.
In Document A, ‘The Numbers’, it clearly shows that by the end of February, there were only 8,000 soldiers at Valley Forge, half of them ill. An army of 4,000 healthy soldiers, the rest ill, fighting off a strong army of tens of thousands of healthy, well fed soldiers has terrible odds for the Patriots. Yes, the British lost the war, but at the time, no one knew that! France ended up helping, but they knew that in April. Odds of the odds turning to my favor are slim, like one out of a million. If I'm smart, I'd already be out of Valley Forge.
However, Wolsey wasn’t able to maintain his power and a number of factors influenced Henry’s decision to strip Wolsey of his powers in 1529. These factors included Wolsey’s failure to achieve The King’s Great Matter, opposition from The Boleyn Faction and his failure in foreign and domestic policy. Although all of these factors contributed to Wolsey’s downfall, I believe his failure to grant Henry with a divorce was the most important factor. Historians often refer to this as the nail in Wolsey’s coffin. Henry approached government about a divorce as he claimed that his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was a sin as the Leviticus states that marrying your brother’s wife will be punished by remaining childless.