The battle of Stamford Bridge; Sept. 25 1066. King Harold abandoned waiting for Duke William of Normandy to attack the southern coast of England, moving north to address one of the last Viking raids, led by Harald Hardrada. Hardrada's army was caught divided and having left their armor with their ships. A single Viking held the Anglo-Saxon army at the bridge, allowing Hardrada to organize his forces. The Viking warrior was felled by a Saxon, who stabbed him from under the bridge.