Tag Archive: Edward the Confessor

MAP#59: Author Ian Macgill, 1066 and The Rhyme of King Harold


Journalist and author Ian Macgill found his writing passion traveling through the jungles of South America. As a young man Ian was awarded the Winston Churchill fellowship and traveled through South America studying ancient sites. His adventures in South America would make a great book as well! After his travels he returned to Britain and…


Edward the Confessor, King of England

Edward the Confessor

Susan Abernethy joins the Medieval Archives with another great post. Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like Susan on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Edward the Confessor was the last Anglo-Saxon king who could trace…

One in the eye for history: experts still fighting over the site of the Battle of Hastings

Bayeux Tapestry Death of King Harold II

It is the most famous battle in British history, fought, as every schoolboy knows, in 1066 at a site now marked by Battle Abbey, near the town of Hastings. But while the date of the Battle of Hastings might still be universally accepted, the location has been called into question, with two experts proposing not…

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MAP#19 – 1066 and The Battle of Hastings

Today is the 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We look at the year 1066, the death of King Edward the Confessor and the dispute over the throne of England. Harold Godwinson was crowned the new king of England. However, Harold Hardrada, Viking King of Norway and William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy both…

Westminster Abbey – a royal wedding venue steeped in history

No fewer than 38 kings and queens have been crowned there in an unbroken run since it was built by Edward the Confessor on the site of a former monastery in the 11th century. He was buried at the Abbey in 1066 and on Christmas Day that year, William the Conqueror became the first monarch…


Rare collection of medieval coins is to be auctioned off

A hoard of medieval coins is due to go under the hammer at Lichfield Auction Centre next month. The “extremely fine collection” of gold and silver coins was discovered on one of Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ valuation days last week. “It is the best collection in terms of hammered quality that I have seen in 10…