|Peter Nicolai Arbo|
The English king Edward the confessor had died the 5th January 1066, and then earl Harold Godwinson was proclaimed king at Westminster Abbey the day after the 6th.
It was a problem that the old king had promised both Harold and William "Bastard" of Normandy the seat of the throne before he died. Both men were distant relatives to the childless Edward the confessor. When William heard of it he quickly raised an army.
The infamous last viking king Harald Hardrada also claimed the English throne and he was faster than William the bastard, and 18th September landed on the beaches of Scarborough and began an attempt to gain the English throne on September 20 he fought at the Battle of Fulford: and he defeated the northern English earls Edwin and Walther. 2 days later Harald Hardrada attacked York.
Harold Godwindson won the battle and Harald Hadrada was was killed at Stamford Bridge, Olav Kyrre became the new king after his father Harald Hardrada died.
The English army had no time to rest it had to move quickly to South England where the Normans was expected to arrive.
|Battle of Stamford bridge|
|Duke William of Normandy|
The Normans scout had reported that the English army, that was commanded by Harold Godwinson had placed themselves on top of a hill only a few km away.
Amiens "They stood so close that the dead could not fall" then Harold Godwinson was shot with an arrow through his eye, a Norman knight put his sword through Harold`s body, the English army totally dissolved. William now got the nickname the Conqueror. On Christmas day he was crowned king of England
A pagan Slavic rebellion broke out, the leader of the Obrotrites, Gotskalk, who was married to Sweyn Estridsons daughter Sigrid was killed. Cruelty and looting followed and church people was sacrificed on pagan altars. A last attack on Hedeby from a Slavic army made the citizens finally abandon the town. The survivors probably moved across the Schlei inlet, which separates the two peninsulas of Angeln and Schwansen, and founded the town of Schleswig. The Saxon lords could not resist the attacks and Hamburg was also burned down.
Sweyn Estridsson made a last attempt to conquer England 3 years later with 240 ships, he managed to capture York but William the conqueror bribed the Danish leader Asbjoern and he used the scorched earth tactic, and the vikings had to retreat from England.