Person:Harold Godwinson (1)

Harold II Godwinson , King of England
b.abt 1022 Wessex, England
Facts and Events
Name Harold II Godwinson , King of England
Gender Male
Birth? abt 1022 Wessex, EnglandHouse of Godwin
Marriage bef 1066 [year of husband's coronation]
to Ealdgyth , Queen consort of England
Death[1] 14 Oct 1066 Battle, Sussex, England Combatant of Hastings
Reference Number? Q159597?
Burial[1] Waltham Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey, Essex, England

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Harold Godwinson ( – 14 October 1066), often called Harold II, was the last crowned Anglo-Saxon king of England. Harold reigned from 6 January 1066 until his death at the Battle of Hastings, fighting the Norman invaders led by William the Conqueror during the Norman conquest of England. His death marked the end of Anglo-Saxon rule over England.

Harold was a powerful earl and member of a prominent Anglo-Saxon family with ties to Cnut the Great. Upon the death of his brother-in-law King Edward the Confessor on 5 January 1066, the Witenagemot convened and chose Harold to succeed; he was crowned in Westminster Abbey. In late September, he successfully repelled an invasion by rival claimant Harald Hardrada of Norway before marching his army back south to meet William the Conqueror at Hastings two weeks later.

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  3.   HAROLD Godwinson, son of GODWIN Earl of Wessex & his wife Gytha of Denmark ([1022/25]-killed in battle Hastings 14 Oct 1066, bur [Waltham Abbey]), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.