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1 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 © Boardworks Ltd 2007 Britain 1066– of 11 Three Men and a Crown Icons key: For more detailed instructions, see the Getting Started presentation Teacher’s notes included in the Notes Page Accompanying worksheet Flash activity. These activities are not editable. Web addresses Sound

2 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 Learning objectives Why was there a problem with the succession in 1066? Who wanted the English throne? Who do you think had the best claim to the throne?

3 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 On January King Edward the Confessor died of illness and old age. England had to find a new king. Normally there would not have been a problem. According to the usual laws of succession, when an old king died he was succeeded by his eldest son. Succession crisis, 1066 Unfortunately, Edward the Confessor had no son. Although he had been married, he was an intensely pious man and had taken a vow of chastity. The question of who should be the next king was therefore a matter for dispute. Why might this cause trouble in England?

4 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 There were three main rivals for the throne. The contenders

5 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 The contenders

6 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 Staking a claim Each of the contenders for the throne had to appear before the Witenagemot and present their claim. The Witenagemot was a kind of parliament made up of the noblemen and senior clergy. In the absence of a clear successor, these men had the power to elect a new king. On the next three slides you will learn more about each contender’s claim to the throne. The claims were based on two main factors: the relationship of each man to the late King Edward, and the promises and treaties which had allegedly been made about who should be the next king.

7 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 Harold Godwinson’s claim

8 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 William of Normandy’s claim

9 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 Harald Hardraada’s claim

10 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 Kingmaker

11 © Boardworks Ltd of 11 Three men and a crown: questions


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