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Under the horrified but always did in such circumstances: annexing land. William occupied the neighbouring county of Maine, harrying it into submission by devastating its fields and villages and vineyards. Across the Channel, King Edward the Confessor was aging and childless. However, William had received reports of the growing power of the Godwinson family. Edward had married the daughter of Earl Godwin, and though the earl had died, his sons, Harold, Tosting, Gyrth and Leofric, now controlled much of England.

The and drinking. It was a colossal Again, we can do little better Norman undertaking – 30,000 gallons of than estimate, but 7,000 water and 30 tons of food a day, is generally regarded as lords who followed not to mention the lakes of urine a reasonable guess as to William had the terms and mountains of excrement – the number of men under of their agreement with but William and his stewards his command. Of these, kept his army together while he many were Norman lords the duke written waited for the weather to change.

The freedom of his brother, Gruffydd flees to Snowdonia, Wulfnoth, who had been held where his men turn against hostage since 1051. Harold him and kill him. Gruffydd’s fails, but is (supposedly) forced head and the figurehead of his to swear an oath to support ship are delivered Harold. William’s claim to the throne. 49 O Brothers at war Harold does not support Tostig when rebellion breaks out in Northumbria. Tostig is forced into exile and Harold marries the sister of Morcar, the new earl of Northumbria.

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