*** CLAIM TO THE THRONE ***
||Duke William's claim is from a promise
made in 1051.
According to Duke William, King Edward the Confessor promised him the throne. In the past, Normandy had looked after and helped King Edward's family.
The promise of the throne was King Edward's way of doing two things - repaying the help and solving the succession problem.
Harold Godwinson was not happy. He wanted to become King himself, and didn't want any Normans beating him to it.
|King Edward knew Harold
Godwinson didn't agree.
say that Edward forced him to go to Normandy in 1064.
Harold had to swear an
oath to support William's
Saxon sources give a different reason for Harold going to Normandy.