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Earl Godwin had been, with Emma, younger brother Alfred decided to try his luck. a supporter of Harthacnut, but with this wet Alfred and his men were met by Earl Godwin, work Godwin successfully ingratiated himself the most powerful Englishman in the land. The with Harold Harefoot. In Harthacnut’s continuing Godwin family had risen to prominence from absence, Harold Harefoot was crowned king – and obscure origins under Cnut. Godwin welcomed Emma was sent into exile. Not to Normandy Alfred and his men and took them to Guildford, Cnut from a 14th-century manuscript.

Contemporary Although William probably did not know it, Harold had already beaten off two attempts on chroniclers are clear as to the reason for the delay: his crown. The King of England must have been the wind. The weather had settled and for day confident he could beat a third. after day it blew in defence of England. Across God on our side Soon after he heard that Harold had been crowned king, William sent an embassy to Pope Alexander II in Rome, asking papal support for his projected invasion of England.

River, leaving his rearguard stranded The two greatest threats to his dukedom on the far bank. Seeing them, cut off were gone and Henri’s heir was only eight. With his from the main body of the army, William took rivals gone, William did what medieval warlords his chance. He attacked. Under the horrified but always did in such circumstances: annexing land. William occupied the neighbouring county of Maine, harrying it into submission by devastating its fields and villages and vineyards. Across the Channel, King Edward the Confessor was aging and childless.

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