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Duke William's Claim to the throne


Duke William's claim is from a promise made in 1051.

According to Duke William, King Edward the Confessor promised him the throne.  In the past, Normandy had looked after and helped King Edward's family.

The promise of the throne was King Edward's way of doing two things - repaying the help and solving the succession Definition  problem.

Internal link Harold Godwinson was not happy.  He wanted to become King himself, and didn't want any Normans beating him to it.

King Edward knew Harold Godwinson didn't agree.  Internal link Norman sources say that Edward forced him to go to Normandy in 1064.  Harold had to swear an Internal link oath to support William's claim.

Internal link Saxon sources give a different reason for Harold going to Normandy.


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Last updated Wednesday, 02 July 2003