1066: eight days that rocked England

After the death of King Edward the Confessor on 5 January 1066, England became a battleground contested by Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Norman rivals. Edward's death opened the doors to two major claimants vying for the English throne – Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, and William, Duke of Normandy. Alex Burghart outlines the key flash points of 1066, a turbulent year of invasions...

A section of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting Harold Godwinson being crowned king of England. Harold was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England and was killed by William, Duke of Normandy at the battle of Hastings in 1066. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

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