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Eadmer

Eadmer was a chronicler, a monk of Canterbury, who wrote an account of the events of his time in Latin. His chronicle finishes in 1122 AD, about two years before his death. In his account of the defeat of Harold Godwinsson at Senlac Hill Eadmer attributes the eventual victory of William the Bastard in spite of massive Norman casualties to the intervention of God. This was by way of punishing Harold for forswearing his oath of fealty to William, and the Conqueror therefore had divine approval to support his claim to the throne of England. This is presumably a reflection of a view common at the time.

See also: Chronicler; Harold Godwinsson; oath of fealty; Senlac Hill; William the Bastard

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