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1202 – The Crusader Siege of Zara

On This Day – 10 November 1202

The siege of Zara began. This was the first major action of the fourth crusade and the first attack against a Catholic city by Catholic crusaders. The attack was forbidden by Pope Innocent III who threatened the crusaders with excommunication.

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1066 – Harold Godwinson (or Harold II) is crowned King of England

6 January

Harold II (or Harold Godwinson c. 1022 – 14 October 1066) was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Continue reading “1066 – Harold Godwinson (or Harold II) is crowned King of England”

1041 – Michael V succeeds to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire

10 December

Michael V (1015 – 24 August 1042) was Byzantine emperor for four months in 1041–1042, the nephew and successor of Michael IV and the adoptive son of his wife, the Empress Zoe. He was popularly called “the Caulker” (Kalaphates) in accordance with his father’s original occupation. Continue reading “1041 – Michael V succeeds to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire”

1066 – William the Conqueror sets sail

27 September – On this day

William the Conqueror set sail from the mouth of the river Somme,  Continue reading “1066 – William the Conqueror sets sail”

1066 – The Battle of Stamford Bridge and the end of the Viking invasions of England

25 September – On this day

The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire, in England on this day in 1066, between an English army under King Harold Godwinson and an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada. Continue reading “1066 – The Battle of Stamford Bridge and the end of the Viking invasions of England”

Remains of 50 people found at Westminster Abbey

The remains appear to belong mostly to men from the 11th or early 12th centuries but also include the remains of a 3 year-old child. Continue reading “Remains of 50 people found at Westminster Abbey”

1066 – The Battle of Fulford

20 September – On this day

The Battle of Fulford (also known as Fulford Gate) was fought at the place identified by Symeon of Durham as the village of Fulford near York in England, on this day in 1066, when King Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada (Old Norse, meaning “hard ruler”), and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the ‘Northern’ Earls Edwin (Earl of Mercia) and Morcar (Earl of Northumbria). Continue reading “1066 – The Battle of Fulford”

Fallen tree reveals medieval corpse

Heavy rains and winds have caused a large Beech tree to topple in Collooney Ireland. Continue reading “Fallen tree reveals medieval corpse”

1087 – Death of William the Conqueror

9 September – On this day

The first Norman king of England, reigning from 1066 – 1087, died on this day in 1087. Continue reading “1087 – Death of William the Conqueror”

1087 – William Rufus becomes King of England

9 September – On this day

William II (c. 1056 – 2 August 1100), the third son of William I of England, was King of England from 1087 until 1100. He initially did not hold Normandy as this was passed to his elder brother Robert, but William eventually wrested control nominal control from him in 1091. William earned the nickname Rufus either because of his red hair or his propensity for anger. Continue reading “1087 – William Rufus becomes King of England”

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