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date: 28 Sep
William, Duke of Normandy, Lands at Pevensey     -  28th September 1066  -       In history certain ‘inevitabilities’ are fashioned from events that happened some time ago due to the vagaries of hindsight and knowledge. William’s conquering of England and victory at Hastings, so famous, seems to many onlookers as also so inevitable. This episode...
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  • 11th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
date: 27 May
 - The Crowning of King John in Westminster Abbey - May 27th 1199 -    After the death of his popular brother, Richard I, on April 6th in France from injuries sustained from a crossbow bolt, John quickly seized the treasury at Chinon. He had competition for the throne in the form of his nephew Arthur, of Brittany, the son of his elder brother...
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  • 11th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
date: 20 Sep
The Battle of Fulford - 20th September 1066 –   The Norman invasion is a pivotal and much studied event in European history. Many have heard the story of Harold Godwinson attempting to defend England from invasions on two fronts, Harald Hardrada (Harald III of Norway) from the North, and William of Normandy from the South. Yet a key event often...
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  • 11th Century
  • Battles
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history
date: 03 Apr
The Crowning of Edward, The Confessor  -  3rd April 1042.     Vitae Ædwardi Regis, the book on the life of Edward, commissioned by his wife, describes the Anglo-Saxon King as “Of outstanding height and distinguished by his milky white hair and beard, full face and rosy cheeks, thin white hands and long translucent fingers. He was pleasant, but...
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  • 11th Century
  • Kings & Queens
  • Medieval
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date: 06 Jan
Harold II (Godwinson) January 6th 1066  -  military invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, and the subsequent war of succession of the same year, was triggered by the coronation of Harold II, Godwinson, on January 6th. When William, back in Normandy, heard that Harold had crowned himself King the day after the death of Edward the...
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  • 11th Century
  • Anglo Saxon
  • Kings & Queens
  • This week in history