William of Malmsbury's text for the Battle of Hastings 1066
which was completed around 1125AD called the 'Gesta Regum Anglorum'
for the full text
After the Battle of Stamford Bridge
Harold, elated by his successful enterprise, vouchsafed no part of the spoil to his soldiers. Wherefore
many, as they found opportunity, stealing away, deserted the king, as he was proceeding to the battle of Hastings.
For with the exception of his stipendiary and mercenary soldiers, he had very few of the people with him ; on which account,
circumvented by a stratagem of William's, he was routed, with the army he headed, after possessing the kingdom nine
months and some days.
The effect of war in this affair was trifling ; it. was brought about by the secret and wonderful
counsel of God : since the Angles never again, in any general battle, made a struggle for liberty, as if the whole strength
of England had fallen with Harold, who certainly might and ought to pay the penalty of his perfidy, even though it were
at the hands of the most unwarlike people. Nor in saying this, do I at all derogate from the valour of the Normans, to
whom I am strongly bound, both by my descent, and for the privileges I enjoy. Still those persons appear to me to err,
who augment the numbers of the EngHsh, and underrate their courage ; who, while they design to extol the Normans,
load them with ignominy. A mighty commendation indeed ! that a very warlike nation should conquer a set of people
who were obstructed by their multitude, and fearful through cowardice !