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William Crosses the Channel

"When the duke, William, who by right should have been crowned with the royal diadem, observed how Harold daily grew in strength, he had a fleet of up to 3000 ships hastily put together and anchored at Saint-Valéry in Ponthieu, full of vigorous horses and very strong men armed with hauberks and helmets."

William of Jumièges, Gesta Normannorum Ducum