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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 – 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”

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”

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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