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'''Harold Godwinson''', was born ca. 1022.  His reign lasted from January 5th 1066 to October 14 1066, when he was killed at the [[Battle of Hastings]].
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'''Harold Godwinson''', was born ca. 1022.  His reign lasted from January 5 1066 to October 14 1066, when he was killed at the [[Battle of Hastings]].
  
Harold's father was Godwin, the powerful [[Earl of Wessex]], and thus he was grandson to Wulfnoth Cild, [[Thegn]] of [[Sussex]].  Godwin married twice, first to Thyra Sveinsd󴴩r (994 - 1018), a daughter of Sweyn I of [[Denmark]], who was [[King]] of Denmark, of [[Norway]], and of [[England]]. His second wife was Gytha Thorkelsd󴴩r, who was a granddaughter to the legendary [[Sweden|Swedish]] [[viking]] Styrbj?Starke and great-granddaughter to [[Harold Bluetooth]], King of [[Denmark]] and [[Norway]], father of Sweyn I. This second marriage resulted in the birth of two sons Harold and Tostig Godwinson, and a sister Edith of Wessex (1020 - 1075) who was [[Queen consort]] of [[Edward the Confessor]].
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Harold's father was Godwin, the powerful [[Earl of Wessex]], and thus he was grandson to Wulfnoth Cild, [[Thegn]] of [[Sussex]].  Godwin married twice, first to Thyra (994 - 1018), a daughter of Sweyn I of [[Denmark]], who was [[King]] of Denmark, of [[Norway]], and of [[England]]. His second wife was Gytha , who was a granddaughter to the legendary [[Sweden|Swedish]] [[viking]] Starke and great-granddaughter to [[Harold Bluetooth]], King of [[Denmark]] and [[Norway]], father of Sweyn I. This second marriage resulted in the birth of two sons Harold and Tostig Godwinson, and a sister Edith of Wessex (1020 - 1075) who was [[Queen consort]] of [[Edward the Confessor]].
  
 
Created [[Earl]] of East Anglia in 1045, Harold was sent, with his father Godwin, into exile in 1051, for leading opposition to [[Edward the Confessor|King Edward]] but helped him to regain his position by force of arms a year later. When Godwin died in 1053, Harold succeeded him as earl of [[Wessex]] (a province at that time covering the southernmost third of England), which made him the second most powerful figure in England after the king.
 
Created [[Earl]] of East Anglia in 1045, Harold was sent, with his father Godwin, into exile in 1051, for leading opposition to [[Edward the Confessor|King Edward]] but helped him to regain his position by force of arms a year later. When Godwin died in 1053, Harold succeeded him as earl of [[Wessex]] (a province at that time covering the southernmost third of England), which made him the second most powerful figure in England after the king.

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