The fast ascension of Harold Godwinson to the English throne in 1066 was greeted with fury by rivals Duke William of Normandy and brutal Viking warlord Harald Hardrada.
It was just months before the Battle of Hastings. England's King Edward the Confessor was dead. With no heir to the throne, Edward's right-hand man, Earl Harold, Duke William of Normandy and Harald Hardrada, the Viking King of Norway, made plans to take the crown. Join us as we travel Europe to shed light on the fight for England, a fight that changed the world. It's a story of broken promises, bitter family betrayals, and kingdoms run through intimidation and terror.
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