WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR INVADED ENGLAND 950 YEARS AGO
William based his claim to the throne of England by virtue of a blood relationship with the late King Edward and the monarch's alleged promise to make William his heir.
When King Edward died, he had no heirs and a three-way rivalry developed for the Crown between Harold Godwine, Harald Hardvada, King of Norway and William. After Godwine was proclaimed Harold II, King of England, William prepared to take the Crown by force.
At the Battle of Hastings, fought on October 14, 1066, King Harold II was killed and his forces were destroyed. He would be the last Anglo-Saxon king of England.
William I was crowned the new King of England on December 25, 1066. He was the first Norman ruler of England.
*William I (1028-1087) ruled from 1066 to 1087. He was born in Falaise, Normandy & became the Duke of Normandy on August 6, 1027.
"The Battle of Hastings, 1066," www. history.com/