On the 4th of January 1066, King Edward 'The Confessor' passes away due to an illness and leaves no heir to the throne. Legend has it that Edward promised his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson to the throne when he died.
Two days later, Harold Godwinson is crowned King and a funeral for King Edward is held.
When is this Frenchman going to arrive!?
Meanwhile, Duke William of Normandy in France states that Harold signed a contract that would give him the throne when King Edward died, so he sends a letter to Harold. After a few days pass without a reply, William immediately starts preparing his army to assert his claim over England.
The throne is mine, and I'm willing to die for it!
By August the 12th, William and his army were all set to cross the English Channel, but due to strong winds battering the ocean, they were unable to cross the sea safely.
Wind wind... Go away! Come again another day!
Using his sneaky spies, Harold got wind of what William was planning to do and he quickly dispatched an army on the south coast of England, but after a long time without any action, Harold disbanded his troops and told them to march back to London.
Meanwhile, there was another contestant to the throne, the King of the Vikings, Harald Hardrada. He believed that the throne was promised him in the future by his distant relative, King Canut. He was feared by his people for his power and fighting abilities.