History: Battle of Hastings: what was William’s claim?

Tutoring history or social studies, you might be asked about the Battle of Hastings. The tutor explains why it happened.

William’s claim

William of Normandy was a cousin of Edward the Confessor, King of England 1042-1066. Supposedly, William visited Edward, in England, in 1051. Some believe that, during that visit, Edward promised he would name William to succeed him as King of England.

Edward the Confessor died in January 1066; just before, he named Harold Godwine to take over as England’s king. Thinking the English crown had already been promised to him, William invaded England in September 1066 to claim his right.





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