Coronation April 3rd 1043. Edward the Confessor was crowned King of England at Winchester Cathedral, the last king of the House of Wessex.He has traditionally been seen as unworldly and pious, and his reign as notable for the disintegration of royal power in England and the advance in power of the Godwin family.
King Harold II (1066). House of Wessex. Husband of 30th great-grandmother to Elizabeth II. Reign: 9 mos, 8 days. Defeated his brother, Tostig and a Viking army at Stamford Bridge. Last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Defeated and killed by William (of Normandy) the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, according to legend, with an arrow through his eye. Edgar the Aethling, grandson of Edmund II is elected King, but rules for only a few weeks before submitting to William of Normandy.
Edith of Wessex (c. 1025 – 18 December 1075) married King Edward the Confessor of England on 23 January 1045. Unlike most wives of kings of England in the tenth and eleventh centuries, she was crowned queen, but the marriage produced no children.
This section of the Bayeux Tapestry (which isn't really a tapestry) supposedly shows King Harold (of the English) trying to pull an arrow out of his eye. Whether this really is how Harold died isn't definitively known, but we do know that Harold was killed, the English lost the Battle of Hastings that day, and William the Bastard of Normandy became William I -- the Conqueror -- of England. What a day that must have been!
King Edward The Confessor (1042-1066). House of Wessex. 27th great-granduncle of Queen Elizabeth II. Successor: brother-in-law Harold. Died in January 1066 and his childlessness led to a struggle for power. The succession went first to Harold Godwineson and then to the conquest by William of Normandy nine months later at the Battle of Hastings in October 1066. Edward was canonized in 1161. Rebuilt Westminster Abbey (consecrated in 1065), where he is buried.
On this day 5th January, 1066 King Edward the Confessor died. The last Anglo-Saxon king of England, he was called the Confessor because of his great piety. He died childless sparking a succession crisis that led to the Norman Conquest
King John (1199-1216). 21st great-grandfather to Queen Eliz II. House of Angevin. Reign: 17 yrs, 6 mos, 13 days. Successor: son, Henry III. The legend of Robin Hood dates from this time in which John is portrayed as Bad King John. He was involved in intrigues against his absent brother, but became king in 1199 when Richard was killed in battle in France. Set repressive policies and taxes to fund war in France. The first written constitution, The Magna Carta, was signed during King John's…
Few of the jewels used in the Tudor era have remained. Most of the crown jewels were destroyed by Oliver Cromwell when England became a Commonwealth. However, a few have survived and are now part of the present set of Crown Jewels.
Joan of Kent, first Princess of Wales (1328-1385) was the wife of Edward the Black Prince. Their marriage was a love match; the Plantagenet sons of Edward III had a tendency to defy convention & follow their heart. While Edward & Joan never became King & Queen of England, their surviving son became Richard II.
AKA the Count of Anjou, Henry Fitzempress, Henry Curtmantle (Shortmantle), Henry Plantagenet, son of Empress Matilda and Geoffrey of Anjou. Married to Eleanor of Aquitaine with 8 children. They are to me the most amazing medieval family, rivaled only by the Yorks in later years.. - agreed!
King Alfred the Great Born: c.849 at Wantage, Berkshire. House of: Wessex. Became King: 871 Married: Ealhswith of Mercia Died: October 26, 899 Buried at: Winchester Succeeded by: his son Edward Anglo-Saxon king 871–899 who defended England against Danish invasion and founded the first English navy.He succeeded his brother Aethelred to the throne of Wessex in 871, and a new legal code came into force during his reign.