The Palace of Westminster
28th December, 1065
By our Political Editor
Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, Saxon.
Harold has inherited and maintained his father’s power and influence over Wessex and England and has been the most powerful man in England since 1053, save for the King.
Related by marriage to the King, indications are that Harold, a Saxon, will be named as heir and succeed Edward in the interests of state security and peace.
William of Normandy, Duke of Normandy, Resident of Normandy.
William is a cousin of our King, once removed, and there was once a ‘Special Relationship’ between the Courts of England and Normandy until the Normans were ousted from Court by Earl Godwin in 1052.
He claims that in 1051 King Edward named him as his successor.
He alleges that Harold swore an Oath of Allegiance to him in 1064 but our sources believe that it was said under duress and does not count.
Harold Hardrada, King of Norway, Resident of Norway.
An outsider whose link to the throne precedes that of King Edward. A cruel Viking who may have some support in the wilder reaches of the realm and is linked to Tostig, the exiled former Earl of Northumbria and Harold’s estranged brother.
Hardrada is a harsh and bitter man with an axe to grind.
Long Live the King.
The Saxon Times is included in the 1066 Harold’s Way Guidebook ©David Clarke