The Battle of Hastings Hand Decorated Chessmen
These chess pieces represent the two opposing armies in the most famous battle fought on English soil. Harold, the English King leads his Saxon forces against the invading William, Duke of Normandy. The ensuing battle near Hastings on the south coast of England in 1066 altered the course of English history. The amazing detail created by our sculptors is richly displayed in this historic chess set.
This superb set has been a favourite since its introduction in regular brown and ivory finish. After many requests our artists have demonstrated their skills by hand decorating this set so that it now seems to reveal more of the authentic detail in each piece.
The set is based on the famous Battle of Hastings in which King Harold II of England opposed the invading Norman army led by William Duke of Normandy on October 14th 1066.
After the hard fought battle of Stamford Bridge in which he defeated and killed Harold Hardrada King of Norway who had invaded Northumbria, Harold and his Saxon Army marched from York to the south coast of England. At the small village of Battle, just inland from Hastings, Harold’s tired army met the invading forces of William Duke of Normandy.
These chess pieces are authentic reproductions of the characters, clothing and equipment of the era.
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