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Harold Godwinson RIP

I thought I would post a reminder of the untimely death of Harold Godwinson, who passed away on this date, back in '66. He was only in his forties.
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  • Poor old 'Arry.

    He certainly copped an eyeful.


  • On a serious note poor old Harold... His best years of raping and pillaging were ahead of him I expect too (If he'd been allowed in 1066 PC England)
  • Very sad - way too young RIP :wink:
  • The last English King
  • The last English King

    I believe William will be a true English King through Diana's lineage.
  • The last English King

    I believe William will be a true English King through Diana's lineage.
    Too soon!
  • The last English King

    The last Anglo-Saxon king
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  • edited October 2015
    Well, what do you know?


    Edgar the Atheling was actually proclaimed King of England in 1066 by the Witan, immediately following Harold's death.

    He lasted 8 weeks.

    He never got round to getting crowned as his aristocracy decided to submit to William, once the Normans surrounded London.


    Edgar was the nephew of Edward the Confesssor.
    And the last of the Anglo-Saxon line of kings of England.


  • Old Mr Godwin must have been very proud of his son.

    RIP Harold, and we'll keep an eye out for you.

  • Rob said:

    Old Mr Godwin must have been very proud of his son.

    RIP Harold, and we'll keep an eye out for you.

    Godwin was his father's first name.
  • William The Bastard left the Anglo Saxon dead unburied on the battle field for 8 years

    RIP H
  • And the point of this post is
  • Oggy Red said:

    The last English King

    The last Anglo-Saxon king
    This.
  • Oggy Red said:

    The last English King

    The last Anglo-Saxon king
    This.
    Although, if Oggy is right, then Harold was the penultimate Anglo-Saxon King, followed by Edgar Ætheling.
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  • Looking forward to marking the ocassion on Saturday with Hasting's Bonfire Society's parade and bonfire and fireworks display it's a pretty big deal down here and well worth a visit if you get the chance, the procession in particular is pretty spectacular.
  • Chizz said:

    And the point of this post is

    Marking the anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in European history.
    And probably one of the biggest moments in English History... Especially as it was the last time we were invaded
  • Looking forward to marking the ocassion on Saturday with Hasting's Bonfire Society's parade and bonfire and fireworks display it's a pretty big deal down here and well worth a visit if you get the chance, the procession in particular is pretty spectacular.

    We're visiting Battle Abbey during half term as my daughter is learning about it at school. Pity we'll miss it.
  • Looking forward to marking the ocassion on Saturday with Hasting's Bonfire Society's parade and bonfire and fireworks display it's a pretty big deal down here and well worth a visit if you get the chance, the procession in particular is pretty spectacular.

    We're visiting Battle Abbey during half term as my daughter is learning about it at school. Pity we'll miss it.
    Enjoy, Battle is a nice day out Dave.
  • Chizz said:

    And the point of this post is

    Marking the anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in European history.
    the last time we were invaded
    Successfully, only if you forget about the Dutch during The Glorious Revolution in 1688 which led to William of Orange becoming king. But there was also....

    1067: Edgar Aethling attacked the West Country twice (2)

    1060s–70s: Sweyn Estridsson invades in the north and then East Anglia (2)

    1208: The Channel Islands are seized by Eustace the Monk (1)

    1216: The French invade Kent, which sees their leader crowned (1)

    The Hundred Years War

    1217: Eustace the Monk invades near Sandwich 1

    1338 to 1339: Attack on Harwich, Southampton, Plymouth, Jersey (twice), Guernsey, Alderney and Sark (8)

    1340: French raids along the south coast; at least six landings (6)

    1360: Attacks on Sandwich, Rye, Hastings and Winchelsea (4)

    1373: Another French invasion of Jersey (1)

    1376: Attack on Rye (1)

    1377: Raids on Rye (twice), Rottingdean, Portsmouth, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Isle of Wight, Winchelsea, Folkestone, Southampton, Poole (11)

    1380: Winchelsea attacked again (1)

    1386: Winchelsea attacked once more. There were also landings in Kent (2)

    1415: Isle of Wight attacked (1)

    1408–1415: Raids on Isle of Wight and two on Dartmouth by French privateers (3)

    1418: Winchelsea raided once more (1)

    1461: French invade Jersey (1). Two other raids on Winchelsea during the war are referred to in documents. The years are not known, but they are distinct from the ones named above (2)

    1487: Lambert Simnel, the pretender to the throne, landed in Lancashire, backed by a foreign force (1)

    1491: Perkin Warbeck, another pretender, lands in Ireland to gain support for his claim (1)

    1495: Warbeck invades in Kent (1)

    1497: Warbeck invades in Cornwall (1)

    1545: Isle of Wight, invaded by French in campaign that saw the loss of the Mary Rose (1)

    1595: Cornwall invaded by the Spanish (1)

    1601: Spanish landings at Cork (1)

    1627: Barbary pirates land and occupy Lundy (1)

    1620s: Barbary attacks around Conwy (1)

    1631: Barbary sacking of Baltimore, Ireland (1)

    1636: Barbary raid on St Keverne, Cornwall (1)

    1640: Barbary attack on Penzance (1)

    1667: Dutch landings at Sheerness and Felixstowe (2)

    1688: William of Orange lands, leading to the Glorious Revolution (1)

    1690: French raid Teignmouth (1)

    1719: Spanish land at Loch Alsh (1)

    1745: French–backed Jacobites landed (1)

    1778: John Paul Jones raid on Whitehaven and Solway Firth (2)

    1779: French raids on Channel Islands (1)

    1796: French invade at Fishguard (1)

    1940: Skirmish involving Germans at Graveney Marsh, Kent (1)

    1940–1945: Nazi occupation of Channel Islands (1)
  • Chizz said:

    And the point of this post is

    Marking the anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in European history.
    And probably one of the biggest moments in English History... Especially as it was the last time we were invaded
    We've been invaded many times since 1066, just never conquered (Unless you count 1688 when the reigning monarch was thrown out and a foreigner put on the throne).

    We did have a frenchman, King Louis I, ruling a large part of England for a year or more in 1215/6

    Though we can argue what makes an attack an invasion and do invasions from Scotland count.
  • Chizz said:

    And the point of this post is

    Marking the anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in European history.
    And probably one of the biggest moments in English History... Especially as it was the last time we were invaded
    We've been invaded many times since 1066, just never conquered (Unless you count 1688 when the reigning monarch was thrown out and a foreigner put on the throne).

    We did have a frenchman, King Louis I, ruling a large part of England for a year or more in 1215/6

    Though we can argue what makes an attack an invasion and do invasions from Scotland count.
    Yeah conquered was the word that I should have used rather than invaded...
  • Looking forward to marking the ocassion on Saturday with Hasting's Bonfire Society's parade and bonfire and fireworks display it's a pretty big deal down here and well worth a visit if you get the chance, the procession in particular is pretty spectacular.

    Hi Hastings

    i ll be there at the weekend

    where does the bonfire,procession and fireworks take place?

  • RIP Harold, well and truly conquered!
  • The procession starts by the Pier at 7.15pm (Sat) the bonfire is on the beach (look out for the effigees) and the firwework display should start at 9pm.
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