He would have defeated mighty enemies in pitched battles at opposite ends of the country within weeks of each other:
Aelfgar, Earl of Mercia died. Gruffydd managed to escape. Gruffyd ap Llewelyn was forced into the Snowdonia mountains. He was capture by Duke Guy de Ponthieu who took him hostage. On hearing of the shipwreck William Duke of Normandy demanded that Harold be brought to him. William kept Harold close even when he went into battle against his rival Conan of Brittany.
Harold claimed the oath was made under duress.
The people of Northumbria were not prepared to tolerate his tyrannical rule and so rebelled. It was decided that Tostig should be exiled and replaced by Morcar the younger brother of Edwin, Earl of Mercia.
The building which had been begun by Edward the Confessor would not be completely finished until There were 4 contenders to the throne: He was crowned immediately, possibly in Westminster Abbey.
Some people thought it was a bad omen. The oath sworn by Harold Godwinson in was used as evidence. The Pope gave William his blessing and William began to prepare an invasion. He made a series of raids along the South coast of England. He fled to Scotland where he found some support.
They landed at the mouth of the river Tyne. The forces met at Fulford but the English earls were no match for Hardrada and were defeated. Before the battle began Harold offered his brother, Tostig who had allied with Hardrada, an earldom if he defected to the English.
Tostig refused and the English began the advance. However, they had to cross a bridge which was defended by a large Norwegian axe man.
Legends state that this axe man cut down around 40 English men before being killed by a spear thrust from beneath the bridge. Harald Hardrada was killed shortly after the bridge was crossed. Tostig again refused to surrender and the fighting continued. In the early evening Tostig was killed and those Norwegians that were still alive turned and fled back to their ships.
Foot soldiers marched via Hailsham, Herstmonceux and Ashburnham while the cavalry sailed with the ships. Once in Hastings the Normans began building a wooden fort on top of the hill overlooking the bay.
He made plans to return South immediately. They had collected many volunteers along the way but the volunteers were not knights and were poorly armed and untrained for war. As soon as he reached London Harold sent out messengers calling for more men to come to his aid.
Harold refused this suggestion saying that he would lead the men personally. They made camp on the hill. William half expected Harold to make a night attack and ordered his men to be ready in case of attack.
He determined that if there was no night attack he would march north to meet Harold in the morning. Without sufficient men to defend Caldbec Hill Harold moved his men to Senlac Hill where they formed a shield wall.
The battle began at 9am and lasted until late afternoon when Harold fell probably due to an arrow hitting him in or near the eye. With Harold dead many of the remaining Saxons left the field.Dark History of the Kings & Queens of England: to the Present Day (Dark Histories) [Brenda Ralph Lewis] on caninariojana.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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|Dating back perhaps 2, years, parts of this fort have been destroyed by later development, but a clearly visible eroded bank - the remains of a once substantial defensive rampart - and now part-filled external ditch remain. Other forts were located at Buckland and Ampress, both near Lymington; Exbury, near the mouth of the Beaulieu River; Malwood, near Minstead; Tatchbury, not far from Calmore; and overlooking the Avon valley north-east of Fordingbridge.|
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Where this one differs is the addition of a background history of Europe of which England is very much a part. English History - This timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in English History for the years - The monarch for this period was Edward the Confessor (during) A son, Edgar Aetheling, was born to Edward (the Exile) son of King Edmund II (Ironside) and.
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