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The Monarchy

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 …