Edward the Confessor - Anglo-Saxon King

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What set-up the Battle of Hastings, a world-changing event for the people of Britain?

Edward (an Anglo-Saxon King known as “The Confessor”) had no children.  When he died in January of 1066, without leaving an heir, his succession was hotly disputed.

Harold II was the “winner” of the Crown, at least for awhile.  But William of Normandy (a Duke who would eventually be known as “William the Conqueror”) believed Britain’s throne should be his.

William was very upset when Harold II was crowned King on the 6th of January, 1066.

A Norman (that is, a Frenchman from Normandy), William sailed with his men to Britain. He intended to fight Harold II - in a war, if necessary - to settle the question of kingly succession.

This image depicts Edward the Confessor, Britain’s penultimate Anglo-Saxon King. It was Edward who wanted to build Westminster Abbey, and it was he who decided the Cathedral would be built in the "Norman style."

Still used for royal events (like weddings, funerals and coronations), Westminster Abbey is the burial site of Edward the Confessor.

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Image online via History of the Monarchy.


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