Who had the best claim to thethrone in 1066?
By Ben Hannam (1K)In 1066, Edward theConfessor died. He had nochildren and there was muchdispute over who should succeedhim. There were four maincontenders who were competingfor the crown. Each had somevalid arguments that supportedtheir claim. The contenders were:King Harald Hardrada, King ofNorway, Edgar the Atheling,Harold Godwinesson Earl ofWessex and finally; Guillame deNormandie, (William, (Duke ofNormandy).Harald Hardrada was related toKing Harthainut who was the Kingof England before Edward and thethrone had been promised byHarthaninut to Harald Hardrada’sfather. This promise had beenpassed down to Harald so he felthe should be the rightful heir.Harald had the support of mostpeople in the north and east ofEngland which was occupied bythe Vikings. As well as this he hadthe support of Tostig, the brotherof Harold Godwinesson, who hadbeen exiled to the Isle of White.This meant that he had powerfulallies throughout the British Islesincluding some clans in Orkney.Harald also had had experience asa leader and a monarch in anothercountry so may have helped himrule England.However, he was a foreignerwhich meant that nobles andpeasants in England may haveturned against him. Finally, he