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This Month In... 1066

Anniversaries that have made history


The conqueror officially became King of England two months after defeating Harold Godwinson, and it was a ceremony to remember

At the bitter Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy overcame the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, Harold Godwinson. He emerged as victor to claim the throne he had been promised by Edward the Confessor. After quashing those who supported his last viable rival – Edgar Ætheling, Edward’s great nephew – William made for London, to solidify his control of England.

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