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The Norman Conquest and Dynasty of William the Conqueror The Norman Conquest of Anglo-Saxon England (1066) Duke William of Normandy's claim on England's crown has been established, in part, to the very fact He was distantly related to Edward the Confessor, the Saxon King of England. But, his more valid claim also was according to an event which occurred in 1054 when Harold of Wessex was shipwrecked on the coast of Normandy. Harold was rescued, and then imprisoned by his server, Duke William of Normandy. To procure his release, Harold was required to swear an oath that, after ailing King Edward the Confessor died, Harold would support William's claim to the crown of England. Harold did not mean to honor the pledge, however, to his consternation, he learned that he was duped into producing his oath on a torso which secretly concealed the ribs of a saint. With medieval rules of jurisprudence, the saint's bones created that the oath irrevocably binding! When Harold returned into England, he whined that his oath was acquired by trickery--the job of the Devil himself--therefore his oath was emptiness. That's the way things rested before Edward the Confessor died on January 5, 1066. Harold Earl of Wessex has been the paramount Saxon warrior of his era. Though he lacked imperial ancestry, the Witan (the Saxon ruling body) chose him to become king in hope that he would be able to forestall invasions from Norway and Normandy. Both countries hoped to take command of England, since no imperial Saxon-Wessex heir was available who had credible military leadership capability to safeguard the Saxon homeland. Harald Hardrada of Norway struck first with the invasion fleet on North Sea coast of Northumbria. Harold II of Wessex raced north to cancel Hardrada's attac...