|Centuries:||10th century – 11th century – 12th century|
|Decades:||1030s 1040s 1050s – 1060s – 1070s 1080s 1090s|
|Years:||1063 1064 1065 – 1066 – 1067 1068 1069|
1066 was a year which brought great changes in England. The land had four kings during the year. The year started under Anglo-Saxon rule, and ended under Norman rule. This was the only occasion since Roman Britain when the entire country was successfully invaded.
There were four kings during the year: Edward the Confessor (to 5 January 1066), Harold Godwinson (to 14 October 1066), Edgar the Ætheling (to 10 December 1066), and finally William I, Duke of Normandy.
Events[change | change source]
- 6 January – Harold II crowned King of England
- 25 September – Harold II defeats Tostig and Harald Hardraada at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Tostig and Harald Hardraada are killed
- 14 October – At the Battle of Hastings William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy) defeats Harold. Harold is killed. In England, this heralds the start of the Middle Ages.
Deaths[change | change source]
- 4 or 5 January – King Edward the Confessor of England dies
- 25 September – killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge:
- 14 October – killed at the Battle of Hastings: