Edward the Confessor Timeline

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  • c. 1003
    Birth of Edward the Confessor at Islip, Oxfordshire.
  • 1042 - 1066
    Reign of Edward the Confessor, king of England.
  • 3 Apr 1043
    Coronation of Edward the Confessor at Winchester Cathedral.
  • 23 Jan 1045
    Edward the Confessor marries Edith Godwin.
  • 1051
    William, Duke of Normandy, visits Edward the Confessor who, according to Norman sources, promises William the crown of England.
  • 1051
    Edward the Confessor exiles the powerful Godwines for disloyalty.
  • 1052
    Edward the Confessor returns the lands and titles to the powerful Godwines.
  • Apr 1053
    Harold Godwinson becomes the Earl of Wessex.
  • 12 Apr 1053
    Earl Godwin, Earl of Wessex, dies.
  • 1054
    An English army invades Scotland.
  • 27 Jul 1054
    An English army defeats Macbeth, king of Scotland at Dunsinane.
  • 1063 - 1064
    Harold Godwinson, with help from his brother Tostig, launches a successful military campaign by land and sea against the king of Wales, Gruffydd ap Llywelyn.
  • Mar 1064
    Possible visit to Normandy by Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex. Norman writers would claim he was captured and held by William the Conqueror until he promised to be the Norman's vassal in England.
  • 1065
    A revolt in Northumbria against Tostig, the Earl of Northumbria, is put down by Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex.
  • Dec 1065
    Consecration of Westminster Abbey, built by Edward the Confessor.
  • 5 Jan 1066
    Death of Edward the Confessor at Westminster.
  • 6 Jan 1066
    Harold Godwinson is crowned Harold II, king of England, probably in Westminster Abbey.