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Britain 1066-1500 timeline
On his death bed in Westminster, Edward the Confessor designates Harold - foremost among England's barons - as his successor
Edward the Confessor is buried in his new abbey church at Westminster, consecrated only the previous week
On the day of Edward's burial, Harold is crowned king - almost certainly in the same abbey church at Westminster
Halley's comet, appearing in the Normans'
, is later depicted in the Bayeux tapestry
Harold defeats at Stamford Bridge the joint army of his brother Tostig and of the Norwegian king, Harald Hardraade
The Normans, as seen in the Bayeux tapestry, invade England in Viking longships with fortified platforms for archers
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