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Why was Harold crowned so quickly?
He had nothing to support his claim other than designation by his predecessor; he didn’t have a blood link, so he was keen to have God’s blessing bestowed upon him. He needed to bolster his rule in any way he could, and he viewed a rapid coronation as his best bet.
What was Harold Godwinson’s claim to the English throne?
Strongest claim: Harold Godwinson was the only claimant who had the support of the Witan and all the English nobility therefore he was best suited to both protecting and ruling England after Edward’s death.
When did Harold get crowned?
6 January 1066
With no royal blood, and fearing rival claims from William Duke of Normandy and the King of Norway, Harold had himself crowned in Westminster Abbey on 6 January 1066, the day after Edward’s death. During his brief reign, Harold showed he was an outstanding commander.
Who crowned Harold King of England?
Following the death of Edward the Confessor, Harold Godwineson, head of the most powerful noble family in England, is crowned King Harold II. On his deathbed, Edward supposedly designated Harold the royal heir, but this claim was disputed by William, duke of Normandy and cousin of the late king.
Why should Harold Godwinson be king of England?
Harold had proved himself to be a strong leader with great military and diplomatic ability having spent many years ruling England on Edward’s behalf. The Witan believed that the one blood claimant, Edgar Atheling, who was only a teenager at the time, was too young to bear the challenges of the kingdom.
Was Harold the rightful king of England?
Harald Hardrada believed that he was the rightful heir to the English throne because he was a descendant of King Canute of England. He claimed his family was promised it could rule England. His claim was also supported by Harold Godwinson’s brother, Tostig, who had fled England.