VAL-ES-DUNES

The site of the Battle of Val-ès-Dunes (referred to as "The Vale of Dunes" in Becoming The Conqueror)

This photo is taken from King Henry's position, facing north towards Vimont. Wheat is still grown there, as it was in William's day, though the battle took place during start of the harvest season.The open fields with gentle slopes are a ideal terrain for cavalry, though there is nowhere to seek cover from arrows. Luckily for the horsemen, no archers are mentioned in the account of the battle by Wace, which leads us to believe they were too few to play a significant role.