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Why did Harold Hardraada want to be King of England?


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2009-11-08 16:18:37
2009-11-08 16:18:37

Lust for power. Averice. The true belief that it was his right. also he claims that his father was given the throne by a king. and he was the hair of his father.


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Harald Hardraada wanted to conquer England and rebuild the great viking king, Cnut's kingdom.

Because England was powerful then and Harold Godwinsons (King Of England) brother told Harold Hardrada he would make a good king .

Harold hadraada wanted to be king of England because he wanted to be fun and use his power to party on man!

he could rule all of England and King Edward the confessor

well it all started when Edward the confessor (king of England) was dying, lying on his death bed. there were 3 candidatesHarold Godwineson, Earl of Wessex,William, Duke of Normandy,Harald Hardraada, king of Norway.the only reason there were candidates was because Edward the confessor had no son. he practically didn't want one.

Because he was related to the anglo-saxon king cnut, and he just wants his family to have the english crown again

Harold was already the most powerful man in England when Edward the Confessor was king. He wished to rid the country of Norman influences brought in by Edward and unite the earls behind his banner. To do this he had to raise himself above the other earls.

The contenders of the throne were Edgar Aethling ( Edward the Comnfessors closest blood relative alive at the time), William Duke of Normandy ( William I), Harald Hardraada and Harold Godwinson. I have no clue why they wanted it but it was probably because they wanted to be king.

He thought he might have the good qualities and statistics as Edward, his brother-in-law. Also, Edward blessed him.

Because he was jealous that his brother Harold was king and he wanted to king. so it was just jealousy

Because he was promised by edward the confessor and he was an earl and he was the late kings brother in-law, also he wanted the best for England and (he thought) by achieving this he should become king. He wanted peace across England! :D

The three men wanted to be king after Edward died, Harold of England quickly crowned himself and the other two men wanted to be king aswell so they invaded England and where the last people to successfully invade.

Apparently in 1051 Edward the confessor had named William as the heir Harold Godwin(son). His sister was married to Edward and Harold had helped Edward fight many battles during his reign.Edgar the Atheling was the nearest blood relative to Edward and so felt almost challenged to become king. Harald Hardrada's ancestors were kings of England previously so he felt he had the right to be king.They obviously were all megalomaniacs and were obsessed with power.

The people who lived in England and didn't want "Norman Overlords".

Because he didn't like the fact that his brother (Harold Godwineson) was king.

You need to be clearer on which HaroldHarold Hadrada or Harold Godwinson. but William foughtand killed Harold g because he couldn't claim the throne until Harold g was dead. so he Killed Harold to become king.does that answer your question

Harold Hardrock wanted to be king because like any one at that time he wanted to be strong and rule England.The viking king wanted to again rule all land!!!!

Someone would want to become king of England because of the wealth, fame and fortune of becoming a king. If u ask yourself that question of why would you want to become king of England? it is obvious you would say because of the money

because he don't want others to become king of the England

harold hardraosda wanted to become king because hes ansestar was a king and he wanted the most power

because he wants power. also he is the king of Norway. before Edward he was a viking warrior called cnut and reigned in England form 1016-1035. then two of the cnut sons reigned until 1042. he wants the thrown to go back to a viking king. he has the support of Harold Goodwin's bother.

Because his father was a king and he thought he would be the best king for England

i sure would want to be king of England and he is going to be the best king ever

to spy on Hamlet and send Hamlet to England, also ordered them to give the notes to the king of England and ask the king of England to kill Hamlet immediately

Not really. After he was crowned king Harrald Hardrada (a Viking competitor for the throne) invaded England but Harold Godwinson's army fought them off. While Harold's army was in the north William invaded the south. Harold's army marched south and fought the Normans near Hastings. The English were tired and not as well equipped as the Normans who won the battle, killed Harold and took over England. Harold didn't want to fight but had no choice.

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