Edward the Confessor

Edward the Confessor

As the year 1066 began, England’s King, Edward the Confessor, was an old and sick man. He had been King since 1042. No one expected him to live much longer. The King of England was usually the son or another close relation of the previous king. But even if a King was succeeded by his son, it was the custom for a new king to be approved by the Kings council. Edward the Confessor had no children and no surviving brothers or sisters. When Edward the Confessor died on the 5th January 1066, there were four people who might become king.

 

Medieval England

  
The Normans
Edward the ConfessorClaimants to the Throne in 1066The Battle of Stamford Bridge
Battle of Hastings

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This book goes beyond the births, deaths, and marriages of the 15th century. The glamour of the court and coronations is joined by plots, uprisings, and reprisals. Scientific, literary, religious, and trade developments and breakthroughs are explored. Political wrangling's, social justice, and the legal system's intrigues emerge in events from each day of the year. Large bloody battles, claims of hereditary rights and campaigning feature alongside quirky stories of everyday life. A unique event from each day of the year is to be found in this book.