In the 800's and 900's AD, the vikings attacked
the English and French coasts, and eventually were allowed to settle in East
Anglia by King Alfred the Great, and also in Northern France by the French
King. The area they were given in France was named Normandy(The land of the
During 1051, Duke William of Normandy aged 24 at the time, was recieved into
the court of Edward the Confessor as a guest. He was a distant blood
relative, and during the visit it is widely believed that Edward named
William as his sucessor. This Norman influence was opposed by the Saxon
nobility, especially Godwin of Wessex, who forced Edward to remove most of
his Norman Councillors.
The Godwin's influence increased throughout Edwards reign, and the king
married Earl Godwin's daughter Edith. Earl Godwin died in 1053, and his son
Harold inherited the title, and became the kings chief advisor.
In 1066 Edward the Confessor died, and the Saxon nobility had managed to
manouver Edward into naming Harold as his successor.
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