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The Battle of Hastings

What caused the Battle of Hastings to happen?

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May 27, 2013 12:30PM

The Battle of Hastings started when Edward the Confessor died and there was no one to pass the throne onto, immediately everyone jumped to the chance of becoming king. Edward the Confessor had promised William the throne however everyone in England wanted Harold Godwinson but the throne was rightfully Haralds because of his ancestors. However, the Witan chose Harold Godwineson to be the king. The other two contenders were certainly not happy about this, so William and the Normans were determined to fight with King Harold for the throne.