Causes of the Battle of Hastings


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When Edward the Confessor died Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, was crowned King. Harold was a leading Saxon lord and had plenty of experience as a warrior and as a governor, so for him to be crowned in the absence of a royal heir to the throne was not too surprising.

Within 10 months though Harold was killed in Battle, the crown was in the hands of a foreigner and Saxon England was at an end.

You are going to try and establish why this happened.

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