History of England
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The Battle of Hastings

What claims did Harold Godwinson have to the throne of England in 1066?



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Because edward had promised him the throne.

It is believed that his claim to the throne was not of choice but he chose to follow through with the decision. He was there when Edward the Confessor lay dying and Edward point to Harold to be his successor and because of the threats from Harald Handrada, King of Norway and William, Duke of Normandy; somebody had to step into action right away.