Now we return to the Bayeux Tapestry. Harold Godwinson had just been crowned King of England (such as it was in the eleventh century) by Aldred, the Bishop of Worcester and Archbishop of York. Edward the Confessor before his death was admittedly upset that Harold had sworn fealty to William.
However, that didn’t stop Harold from becoming king. Several months later a special vision appeared in the sky. Around the 24th of April 1066, a huge ‘star’ flew across the sky. This caused many to believe that it was related to Harold’s coronation. To the folks of the medieval era, this was an omen of impending doom.
Modern scholars have admitted that this ‘omen’ was in fact an early appearance of Halley’s Comet, which has been around since 240 BC but wasn’t recognized as a comet until Edmond Halley made the formal discovery in the 18th century.
Now, William, when he heard the Harold accepted the crown, began preparing his troops and a fleet of ships in Normandy. They enter England unopposed. However, soon afterwards, William receives news that his men have suffered a major loss at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, which the tapisserie does not showcase I must add.
On October 14, 1066 William and Harold meet at the Battle of Hastings. Harold’s brothers Leofwine and Gyrth are killed as is Harold. The tapestry devotes several panels to his death scene; however, traditionally it is believe that the arrow in the eye is what finished Godwinson off.