was Edward's first cousin's son. He had always
said that Edward had promised him the crown
of England. William claimed that Harold of Wessex
had vowed to help him become King. As Duke of
Normandy, William was used to ruling a large
had inherited land from king Canute who had
once been a King of England. Hardrada said that
this meant he had a right to be the King of
England as well. He was supported by Tostig,
Harold of Wessex's brother. Hardrada was very
powerful as he was already the King of Norway.
was the Edward's great nephew, the closest relation
of Edward's. As he was only a child many people
thought that he wouldn't be a good king if England
was the most powerful man in England as Wessex
was a very rich and important area. On his deathbed
Edward is said to have promised Harold the crown.
He was the favourite of many English Thanes
who would choose the next King: in 1066 you
didn't have to be the closest relation to be
the next monarch.