Duke William Conquers England: October 14, 1066
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Early in 1066, the childless old Saxon king of England, Edward the Confessor, died without settling the question of who should inherit his throne. Two men claimed the crown of England. One was Edward’s nephew, Harold. The other was William, the duke of Normandy in northern France.
Fearing Duke William, the Saxon nobles of England elected the Saxon prince Harold as king. Refusing to give up his claim to the English throne, William set out with all his forces, sailed across the channel separating England from France, and landed near the town of Hastings. The new Saxon king, Harold, and his major nobles and warriors were in the north near York, putting down a rebellion and repelling an invading force of Danes. After defeating the invaders and putting down the rebellion, Harold and his men turned south to meet William. Fifteen days later, they reached the channel coast and Hastings. Continue reading