King Harold Battle of Hastings T-shirt
Design by Theatre of War Associate Sam @inktron_ based on a scene from the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting Harold's death on the Bayeux Tapestry, reflecting the tradition that Harold was killed by an arrow in the eye. The annotation above states Harold Rex interfectus est, "Harold the King has been killed". King Harold Godwinson or Harold II was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, until his demise at the most pivotal event in English history, the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Harold came from a powerful Anglo-Saxon lineage who was chosen as king after a political meeting known as the Witenaġemot, a collective board of noblemen comprised of powerful, ecclesiastic officials. Succeeding his brother-in-law Edward the Confessor, Harold became the very first English monarch to be crowned in Westminster Abbey, according to the 11th century AD historical manuscript, Vita Ædwardi Regis (English: Life of King Edward), Edward the Confessor is alleged to have appointed Harold the new king of England.
Duke William II of Normandy challenged Harold's claim to the throne after claiming that Harold had sworn on sacred relics to support his claim to the throne after having been shipwrecked at Ponthieu, modern day Picardy in northern France. Upon receiving the church's blessing William invaded England on the 14th October,1066 at the Battle of Hastings. Prior to this event, Harold's own brother, the Earl of Northumbria Tostig Godwinson made his own claim to the throne, allied with the Norwegian Viking King Harald "Hardrada" Sigurdsson III he was killed along with Harald at the Battle of Stamford bridge.