Harold Godwinson

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Harold Godwinson

King of England
In office
January 5, 1066 – October 14, 1066
Preceded by Edward the Confessor
Succeeded by Edgar the Atheling

Born 1022
Died October 14, 1066
Hastings, England

Harold Godwinson (1022–1066) was the last Anglo-Saxon King of England. He was the son of Godwin, Earl of Wessex, and he succeeded to the Earldom after Godwin's death in 1053. Harold was the leader of the anti-Norman party in England. He succeeded to the English throne on January 5, 1066, after the death of Edward the Confessor. He defeated an invasion by the Danish King Harald Hardrada on September 25, but died fighting William the Conquerer at the Battle of Hastings on October 14.


He was killed in the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066 at age 45/46.