People Profiles

When Edward the Confessor, ruler of England from 1042-1066, died in January 1066 he left no heir and therefore uncertainty for the future of England. There were a few potential claims to the throne, Harald Hardrada, King of Norway, Sven Estrithsson, King of Denmark, Edgar the Ætheling, William, Duke of Normandy and Harold Godwinson believed they had a right to the throne - see People Profiles to decide who you think had the stronger claim to the throne.

William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror became the Duke of Normandy at just eight years old! And eventually the King of England…

Edward the Confessor

Edward the Confessor was King of England from 1042
to 1066. When he died in 1066 he left no heir to the

King Harold

King Harold was king of England for a very short time in 1066. As soon as he took the crown he was met with much competition…

Svein Estrithsson

Svein, King of Denmark and Norway, was the son of Estrith, sister of Cnut, who was King of England from 1016 to 1035

Young People

During the twelfth century, life would have been very different for young people than it is today…


Harald Hardrada

Harald III Sigurdsson, Harald the Ruthless was born in 1015. He was the King of Norway until his death in 1066.

Edgar the Ætheling

Edgar the Ætheling, son of an older half-brother of Edward the Confessor was one of the contenders for the English crown… At just 14 years old!