The morning of the battle dawned.
William took mass and hung saintly relics around his neck – the very same relics
over which Harold had sworn, two years previously, to be his liegeman.
Next, he donned his armour, only to discover it was back to front.
Some may have taken this to be a bad omen, remembering, perhaps,
the flight of the comet, but the Duke laughed, had his servants turn it around and said:
«Today everything will be turned around and I will no longer be merely a Duke,
I will be a King». And with that, he walked out to meet his troops.

Many remember the speech he made.