ON THIS DAY: 6 January 1066

Harold Godwinson was crowned King Harold II of England. He succeeded King Edward the Confessor who had promised the throne to William of Normandy, later known as William the Conqueror, only to retract the offer on his deathbed. Harold’s reign was beset from the outset with threats not only from William but also from his brother Tostig as well as from Harald III Hardraade, King of Norway. King Harold II ruled for a mere 8 months until his death at the Battle Of Hastings on 14 October 1066.