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Battle of Hastings-1066 Blake Cordell HIS 101-80 2 nd , 04/18/10 Mr. Lineberry Page 1 of 7
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The year was 1066 when the fate of England went up for grabs. On the fifth of January, the last king of England, Edward the Confessor, died and left no heirs to the throne. Nine months and five days was all the time it took for the throne of England to be decided again. 14 October 1066, William of Normandy defeated Harold Godwineson at the battle of Hastings. The ramifications of that day in 1066 would resonate in England forever. Because of William’s superior tactics, strategies, and his unquenched desire to become king of England, he was easily able to get to the throne. Because Edward the Confessor had no heirs to the throne there was confusion that some people eagerly offered a solution to. While William said that a couple years earlier Edward personally designated him as his heir, Harold as well as the council of royal advisors said that on his death bed, Edward appointed Harold as his heir. Edward supposedly uttered the words “Into Harold’s hands I commit my kingdom”. Harold Godwineson, Saxon Earl of Wessex was one that believed he deserved the crown. Harold became a brother-in-law to Edward when the king married Harold’s sister. Harold’s close relationship to Edward gave him the beliefs that he should be the rightful heir to the throne. The throne of England would give him power, prestige, real estate, and wealth. To achieve all that he desired, Harold pressured the Saxon council of nobles to place him on the throne. Before Edward died, William of Normandy forced Harold to swear allegiance to him. Allegedly Harold had sworn on the relics of a martyred saint that he would support William as the king of England. But Harold denied the facts of this claim, which gave William enough self-justification to infringe upon Harold’s right to the throne. Harold was prepared to defend England’s throne from any that oppose. William, Duke of Normandy, believed he was the rightful heir to the throne. Since William is the second cousin of Edward the Confessor, he believes the throne is bound to him. Within six months of Edwards death William Page 2 of 7
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had a massive fleet of over three hundred ships, to carry his troops to the land of England. William had great charisma which was enough to lead his warriors across the English Channel,
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