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'''Harold Godwinson''', arguably the most bare-faced usurper of the English throne, was born ca. 1022. His reign lasted from January 5 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 Sveinsdttir (994 - 1018), a daughter of Sweyn I of [[Denmark]], who was [[King]] of Denmark, of [[Norway]], and of [[England]]. His second wife was Gytha Thorkelsdttir, who was a granddaughter to the legendary [[Sweden|Swedish]] [[viking]] Styrbjrn 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]].
 
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 Sveinsdttir (994 - 1018), a daughter of Sweyn I of [[Denmark]], who was [[King]] of Denmark, of [[Norway]], and of [[England]]. His second wife was Gytha Thorkelsdttir, who was a granddaughter to the legendary [[Sweden|Swedish]] [[viking]] Styrbjrn 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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