An English archer fires arrows from within the ‘shield wall’ on the advancing Norman soldiers. This is the only English archer shown in the tapestry. There are no crossbows shown in the tapestry at all. The first recorded use of the crossbow was in 1073 and the pope banned the use of the crossbow 30 years later, declaring it an unholy weapon. The man with the axe is King Harold and the falling man in front may be Gilbert Tyson. Gilbert was recruited by the Confessor and was one of the most powerful barons in Normandy. He fought alongside King Harold in the Battle of Senlac and is one of the few names recorded as killed in the battle.