Biography of Harold II King England 1022-1066

Timeline

Before 1021 Godwin Godwinson 1st Earl Kent, Earl Wessex 1001-1053 (19) and Gytha Estrigen Countess Kent, Countess Wessex were married. Gytha Estrigen Countess Kent, Countess Wessex by marriage Countess Kent (1C 1020), Earl Wessex.

Around 1022 Harold II King England 1022-1066 was born to Godwin Godwinson 1st Earl Kent, Earl Wessex 1001-1053 (21) and Gytha Estrigen Countess Kent, Countess Wessex

In 1049 Godwin Godwinson 1049- was born to Harold II King England 1022-1066 (27) and Edyth Swannesha 1025-1086 (24)

In 1049 Edmund Godwinson 1049- was born to Harold II King England 1022-1066 (27) and Edyth Swannesha 1025-1086 (24)

In 1051 Magnus Godwinson 1051- was born to Harold II King England 1022-1066 (29) and Edyth Swannesha 1025-1086 (26)

In 1053 Gytha Godwinson 1053-1098 was born to Harold II King England 1022-1066 (31) and Edyth Swannesha 1025-1086 (28)

On 15 Apr 1053 Godwin Godwinson 1st Earl Kent, Earl Wessex 1001-1053 (52) died. His son Leofwine Godwinson 2nd Earl Kent 1035- (18) succeeded 2nd Earl Kent (1C 1020)

In 1055 Gunhild Godwinson 1055- was born to Harold II King England 1022-1066 (33) and Edyth Swannesha 1025-1086 (30)

Around Oct 1062 Harold II King England 1022-1066 (40) was given approval to attack Gruffydd ap Llywelyn King Wales' Court at Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, North-East Wales. Gruffydd ap Llywelyn King Wales was nearly captured but managed to escape to sea.

In 1064 Harold II King England 1022-1066 (42) shipwrecked at Ponthieu. He was captured by Guy Ponthieu Bishop Amiens 1027-1100 and imprisoned in Beaurain Castle, Beaurainville

In 1066 Ealdgyth Mercia 1056-1066 died

Around 1066 Harold Godwinson 1066- was born to Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44) and Ealdgyth Mercia 1056-1066

On Jan 1066 Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44) and Ealdgyth Mercia 1056-1066 were married

Harold Crowned King

On 06 Jan 1066 Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44) was crowned II King England (Wessex).

Battle of Stamford Bridge

On 25 Sep 1066 Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44), supported by the brothers Eadwine Mercia -1071 and Morcar Mercia -1087, defeated the Viking army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge at Stamford Bridge, East Riding, Yorkshire. Harald III King Norway 1015-1066 (51) and Tostig Godwinson 1026-1066 were killed.

Battle of Hastings

On 14 Oct 1066 the Norman army led by William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (38) defeated the English army of Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44) at the Battle of Hastings fought at Senlac Hill, Hastings, East Sussex, Sussex. Aimery Thouars 1024-1094, Ralph de Gael Earl East Anglia 1041-1096 (24), Eustace Flanders II Count Boulogne 1015-1087, William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford 1020-1071 (46), Geoffrey Chateaudun II Count Mortain, III Count Perche -1100, William Warenne 1st Earl Surrey -1088, Raoul Tosny -1102, Robert Beaumont-Roger 1st Earl Leicester, Count Meulan 1040-1118, Hugh Grandesmil 1032-1098 (34), Roger "The Great" Montgomery 1st Earl Shrewsbury -1094 (possibly), Robert Mortain Count Mortain, 1st Earl Cornwall 1031-1090 (35) and Odo Mortain Bishop Bayeux -1097 fought for William.
The brothers Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44), Gyrth Godwinson Earl East Anglia 1032- (34) and Leofwine Godwinson 2nd Earl Kent 1035- (31), and Engenulphe Aigle 1010-1066 (56) were killed.

Around Nov 1066 Ulf Godwinson 1066- was born to Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44) and Ealdgyth Mercia 1056-1066

In 1068 Eadnoth the Constable -1068 was killed in Bleadon, Somerset leading a force against the two sons of Harold II King England 1022-1066 (46) who had invaded Somerset.

Around 1086 Edyth Swannesha 1025-1086 (61) died

Harold II King England 1022-1066 and Edyth Swannesha 1025-1086 were married

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Godwinson

Descendants Family Trees:

Wulfnoth Cild Godwinson -1014

Ancestry

Father: Godwin Godwinson 1st Earl Kent, Earl Wessex 1001-1053

GrandFather: Wulfnoth Cild Godwinson -1014

Mother: Gytha Estrigen Countess Kent, Countess Wessex

GrandFather: Thorgil "Sprakling aka Strut Leg" Estrigen