At some hour either before or after midnight on the 4th or 5th January, King Edward passed, leaving Harold Godwinson his kingdom and crown. “The king is dead! Long live King Harold!”
The events of 1066 were to change the face of England forever. Her landscape, her laws and customs, and her great ruling dynasties, were changed forever. As we approach the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, here on my website, I will be posting a series of blogs each month, to commemorate the events that led up to the great battle in which the flower of English youth lost their lives. We will be taking a sightseeing tour of the background to what happened and as we journey through the year chronologically, we’ll be exploring what motivated Harold to take the throne instead of backing the young, inexperienced Edgar, and why William believed he had a right to cross the sea, vanquish the English, kill their chosen king, and take the English throne for himself.
The Battle of Hastings on the Bayeux Tapestry
For the nobles of England, gathered in the Great Hall that…
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