Norman cavalry ride leaves historic Pevensey Castle

Pevensey Castle SUS-140826-154539001
Pevensey Castle SUS-140826-154539001

In advance of the return of the Battle of Hastings event at Battle Abbey next month (Saturday and Sunday October 11 and 12), two Norman cavalry re-enactors will ride from Pevensey Castle to the historic battle site.

Lead rider Nigel Amos is interested in the mobilisation of William’s invading army.

He said, “I have taken part in the Battle of Hastings since 1995.

“I wanted to build on my experience of the tactics, emotion and fervour of the battle, by adding a taste of what it might have been like in the days leading up to it.

“Of course, we know now, that the Normans emerged victorious, but when they set off from Pevensey, that history was yet to be made.

“I will be aiming to suspend modern perceptions as we ride into the ‘unknown’.”

Spread over two days, the riders will be travelling from the area where the Normans landed, to the battle site, on horseback.

They will be wearing traditional riveted maille hauberks, and carrying swords, shields and lances.

The horses, which have been chosen for their period-appropriate type and size, will be ridden in 11th century style saddles.

The Battle of Hastings re-enactment will take place at 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield from 10am-4pm.

Norman cavalry had an important role in the final outcome of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Only the wealthy or noble could ever aspire to the Norman cavalry. The obligation to military service was without question and Norman cavalry training began at an early age.

Young sons of the nobility were trained to ride almost as soon as they could walk and if it was not in the power of a Norman lord to supply training to his sons, they would be placed with a lord who could.