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1042 CE - 1066 CE: Reign of Edward the Confessor, king of England.
1051 CE: William, Duke of Normandy, visits Edward the Confessor who, according to Norman sources, promises William the crown of England.
1053 CE: Harold Godwinson becomes the Earl of Wessex.
1053 CE: Earl Godwin, Earl of Wessex, dies.
1057 CE: Edgar Ætheling and his sisters Margaret and Cristina return from exile in Hungary to England.
1063 CE - 1064 CE: Harold Godwinson, with help from his brother Tostig, launches a successful military campaign by land and sea against the king of Wales, Gruffydd ap Llywelyn.
1064 CE: Possible visit to Normandy by Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex. Norman writers would claim he was captured and held by William the Conqueror until he promised to be the Norman's vassal in England.
1065 CE: A revolt in Northumbria against Tostig, the Earl of Northumbria, is put down by Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex.
1066 CE: Death of Edward the Confessor at Westminster.
1066 CE: Harold Godwinson is crowned Harold II, king of England, probably in Westminster Abbey.
1066 CE: Reign of Harold Godwinson, Harold II, king of England.
1066 CE: William, Duke of Normandy, prepares his invasion fleet to conquer England.
1066 CE: Battle of Fulford Gate in which a force led by Harald Hardrada defeats an Anglo-Saxon army led by the Earls of Northumbria and Mercia.
1066 CE: Battle of Stamford Bridge in which Harold Godwinson (Harold II) defeats an invading army led by Harald Hardrada, king of Norway.
1066 CE: William the Conqueror's invading army lands at Pevensey in Sussex, southern England.
1066 CE: The Battle of Hastings in which William, Duke of Normandy, defeats King Harold II of England.