January 5th 1066: Edward the Confessor dies

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Edward the Confessor (1003-5 – 1066)

 

On this day in 1066 the English King Edward the Confessor died aged 62. He was childless, and thus his death sparked a succession crisis. He was eventually succeeded by Harold Godwinson. Godwinson was the last Anglo-Saxon King of England as later that same year the Normans, led by William the Conqueror, invaded Britain and defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings. Edward, called the Confessor because of his piety, was canonised by Pope Alexander III in 1161.

 

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The Bayeux Tapestry shows his funeral procession

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