Why did Harold and William both feel they were the rightful king of England when Edward died?

How were things different in England versus France in 1066? Please examine the culture and the institutions (political, religious, legislative, economic, etc.). How can you explain William's success on October 14, 1066? What won the battle for him? What factors were in Harold's favor? Was England better off as a result of this battle?

Asked By: coupon - 11/29/2010
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William was related to the mother of Edward the Confessor, so had a strong genealogical claim. He also said that Harold had promised to support his claim to the English throne when Edward (who was childless) died... More
Answered By: ammianus - 11/29/2010
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When edward died, harold was next in line and he was in england and william was in france. However edward named william his succesor. Edward died soon after befoer the word really got out, and people werent sure who really was the succesor. Harold knwe edward wanted william to be king, but he denied it and claimed to... More
Answered By: Dan S - 11/29/2010
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