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Dr Jessica Nelson

Dr Jessica Nelson is a medieval records specialist at The National Archives, where she has worked since 2007. She studied as an undergraduate at St Hugh’s College Oxford and has an MA and PhD in medieval history from King’s College London. Jessica specialises in the records from 11th-13th centuries and her research interests include royal women, Anglo-Scottish relations and the mechanics of government.

The death of Edward the Confessor and the conflicting claims to the English Crown

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Bayeux Tapestry, Scene 1: King Edward the Confessor and Harold Godwinson at Winchester

Edward the Confessor, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, died on 5 January 1066 – 950 years ago. The Confessor’s modern-day reputation (shaped by medieval monks writing after his death) is that of a gentle and peaceable man. Yet his …