It ha he year that brought together in violent and mortal conflict the three greatest military leaders in Europe of their day -- -Harald of Norway, Harold of England, and William of Normandy; three powerful and ambitious men who had fought their way to authority in their respective countries and who stil, in three year of terrible bloodshed in the utumn of 1066, were to fight to the death for the greatest prize of all: the hrone of England. ”
Harold II, a detail from the Bayeux Tapestry.As fascinating as those men of destiny are, the Icelandic writer of this story, Snorri Sturluson, proves almost as fascinating.
Sensing an opportunity to take the throne of England, Harald of Norway decides to invade in that year of English invasions, 1066.
Harald Godwinsson, or Harold II if you are English, has barely warmed the seat of his newly acquired throne when he has to lead an army into battle against those burly, bloodthirsty Northmen. ” The closer the army came, the greater it grew, and their glittering weapons sparkled like a field of broken ice. ” The interesting thing about all of tha is that most of us don ’ t know who Harald Sigurdsson is, but one could speculate if he had vowed to delay his invasion by a few month, we may have nown him as Harold the Conqueror, King of England.
he English army then has to turn around in 19 days and fight William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings.
What hav the chances that King Harald of Norway and William of Normandy would decide to invade England in the same year?