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King Harold II is known as the last Anglo-Saxon King of England. He ruled the English kingdoms for nine months from January 1066, until his death in October 1066. For more information on the King Harold II read the fact file below or download the comprehensive worksheet pack containing over 11 worksheets.
- Harold Godwinson came from the noble family of Godwin, Earl of Wessex and Gytha of Denmark. He was born in the year 1020 and had eight siblings. In the 1040s-60s, he married Edith Swannesha and Edith of Mercia, with whom he had a total of seven children.
- His sister Edyth married Edward the Confessor, King of England. In 1066, the King died childless, and the Witan council had to elect a successor.
- Two years before the king died, Harold served as the emissary to Duke William of Normandy. It was believed that he took an oath of fealty, withdrawing any interest to the English throne.
- He became one of the most powerful noblemen in England after ascending as the Earl of Wessex in 1051.
- His family fell out when his brother Tostig made an alliance with King Harald of Norway to invade England. The Battle of Stamford Bridge became a victorious moment for King Harold II after he defeated King Harald and Tostig. His alliance with the Northumbrian rebels against Tostig (due to the imposition of taxes) supported his succession to the throne.
- William, the Duke of Normandy and later known as William the Conqueror, planned an invasion after hearing of Harold’s succession. He was King Edward’s cousin, making him the rightful heir to the throne. By 1066, William’s fleet landed, unopposed, on the coast of East Sussex. The thousand ships were supported by the French and the Pope.
- On October 14, 1066, the Battle of Hastings took place on Senlac Hill, East Sussex. King Harold intercepted the Normans with almost 7,000 exhausted men – the same troops from the Battle of Stamford bridge. Troops were equipped with bows and arrows, spears, swords, maces, shields and horses. According to legend, King Harold died with from an arrow being shot into his eye. The Bayeux Tapestry made in France was the Norman perspective of the invasion.
- From 1066 until 1087, William the Conqueror became the King of England after the surrender of the council in London.
King Harold II Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use King Harold II Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about King Harold II who is known as the last Anglo-Saxon King of England. He ruled the English kingdoms for nine months from January 1066, until his death in October 1066.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- King Harold II Facts
- The Biography
- Anglo-Saxon Kings of England
- Norman Invasion Mapping
- The Bayeux Tapestry
- Guess Who?
- Cause and Effect
- The Heptarchy
- 1066 Weaponry
- What About Harold?
- England Today
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