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GODWINSSON Harold II
Male Abt 1022 - 1066


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  • Birth  Abt 1022  Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  Also Of, Isle Of Thanet, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  14 Oct 1066  Senlac, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Waltham Abbey, Waltham Holy Cro, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • It is impossible to state exactly the date of Harold's visit to Duke William in Normandy, although it is put at 1064. Probably Harold did make some kind of oath to William, most likely under compulsion. It is certain, however, that Harold helped William in a war with the Bretons.

      On his return he married Ealdgyth, Griffith's widow, even though Edith Swan-neck, who had borne him five children, was still alive. In 1065 the Northumbrians rebelled against Tostig and Harold acquiesced in their choice of Morcar and Tostig's banishment. In January 1066 King Edward died. Harold, his nominee, was chosen king and crowned in Westminster Abbey.

      Duke William lost no time in preparing for the invasion of England; and Tostig, after trying the Normans and the Scots, succeeded in drawing Harold Hardrada, King of Norway, to his side. In September the two reached the Humber and Harold marched to meet them. At Stamford Bridge he won a complete victory on 25 September 1066, Tostig and Harald Hardrada being among the slain. But four days later William landed at Pevensey. Harold marched southwards with the utmost dispatch and the two armies met at Senlac, about nine miles from Hastings. From nine in the morning, 14 November 1066, the English fought stubbornly until nightfall, when the pretended flight of the Normans drew them from their impregnable position and gave the Normans victory. Harold himself fell pierced through the eye with an arrow. His body was recognised by Edith Swan-neck and he was buried at Waltham.
    Person ID  I3298  Royal Family of Europe
    Last Modified  16 Dec 2002 

    Father  WESSEX Godwine Earl Of,   b. Abt 0992, Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1053, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  THORGILSDOTTER Gytha,   b. Abt 0997, Of Halland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1019  Of Halland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F950  Group Sheet

    Family 1  SWANNECK Edith,   b. 1025, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1066 
    Children 
     1. HAROLDSSON Godwine, Prince of England,   b. Abt 1047, Of, , Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. HARALDSSON Edmund, Prince of England,   b. Abt 1049, Of, , Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. HARALDSDATTER Gyda, Princess of England,   b. Abt 1050, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. HARALDSSON Magnus, Prince of England,   b. Abt 1051, Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. HARALDSDATTER Gunhild, Princess of England,   b. Abt 1055, Of, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F948  Group Sheet

    Family 2  ENGLAND Ealdgyth Queen Of,   b. Abt 1034, Of Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1086 
    Married  Abt 1064  Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. ENGLAND Ulf, Prince Of,   b. Abt. 1065, Wessex, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. ENGLAND Harold,Prince Of,   b. Abt. 1067, Wessex, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F949  Group Sheet



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