Today's date: 25/9/18. On #Thisdayinhistory 1066, the Battle of Stamford was fought between Harold Godwin son of England and Harold Hardrada of Norway. Hardrada's invading Viking army would be remembered as the last Viking attempt to conquer England. The image is of a diorama of the battle titled 'the First Brit Advances to His Doom'. In January 1066, King Edward the Confessor of England died, having named Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, as his successor. Tostig, Harold's brother was hostile to the new King as he had been ejected, (with his brother’s approval) , from his earldom in Northumbria the previous year. The vengeful Tostig formed an alliance with Harald Hadrada, King of Norway, promising to support Harald’s attempt to conquer England in return for regaining his earldom. The two sailed up the Humber River with a fleet of 300 ships. Once ashore, the Viking army defeated an army led by the new Earl of Northumbria in alliance with the Earl of Mercia. Godwin soon formed an army to repel the invasion and left London for the north, reaching Stamford Bridge, just east of York, in only nine days. Hardrada's offensive nearly turned the battle in his favour. He was however, killed by an arrow in the throat. In response, Godwinson offered his brother peace, but Tostig fought on, encouraged by the arrival of Viking reinforcements. However, he was killed in battle soon after.
This was only one invasion that Godwinson had to fight off though, another came from Normandy, France. At the Battle of Hastings, England would have a new king called William the Conqueror.
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