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Why did the Normans invade England?

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A description of the cause of the Norman invasion in 1066.  Despite King Edward making, William Duke of Normandy heir to the English throne, Harold Godwinson stole the crown.

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People often ask why the Normans invaded England in ten sixty six, well it all started a long time before that. The Normans had given shelter to the exiled English King Edward, you may know him as Edward the Confessor. Well this fostered a very good relationship between the Normans and King Edward who was eventually returned to his throne. In ten fifty one William Duke of Normandy was invited to visit the King in England along with some of his important knights. It was during this state visit that King Edward made the Duke heir to the throne of England, just as if he was his own son, because of course he had no son of his own. Even when Harold Godwinson later visited Normandy he too confirmed that William was in fact the true heir to the throne of England, so of course when Harold stole the crown after Edward’s death and proclaimed himself the King of England, we drew up plans to invade and put the rightful heir on the throne.
Eras: 
Norman Conquest
Topics: 
Kings & Queens
Invaders
Character: 
Norman soldier
Key words: 
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