In class 8 we are learning about the Norman Conquest and the events which lead up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

After Kind Edward the Confessor died in January 1066 (leaving no heir) there were 4 rivals for thrown of England – Harold Godwineson, the Earl of Wessex, Harold Hardrada, the King of Norway, William, the Duke of Normandy and Edgar Atheling, the kings great nephew.

All 4 men felt they had a claim to the thrown, so yesterday, class 8 researched their claims and took part in a debate to decide who they thought should become the new king of England.

Youth or experience. Blood relative or a strong and powerful family. Who would win?


In the end, no amount of reasoned debate could resolve the issue. The Battle of Hastings took place on October 14th 1066 with William of Normandy coming out victorious and being crowned king of England on Christmas Day 1066.

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