The Battle Of Hastings Rages from 9am to 3pm
"From nine o'clock in the morning, when the combat began, till three o'clock came, the battle was up and down, this way and that, and no one knew who would conquer and win the land.
Both sides stood so firm and fought so well that no one could guess which would prevail. The Norman archers with their bows shot thickly upon the English; but they covered themselves with their shields, so that the arrows could not reach their bodies nor do any mischief, how true so ever was their aim or however well they shot.
Then the Normans determined to shoot their arrows upward into the air, so that they might fall on their enemies' heads and strike their faces.
The archers adopted this scheme and shot up into the air toward the English; and the arrows, in falling, struck their heads and faces and put out the eyes of many; and all feared to open their eyes or leave their faces unguarded.
The arrows now flew thicker than rain before the wind; fast sped the shafts that the English call 'wibetes.'