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UNIT 8: Rebuilding English

In June 1066 an English person, if he or she thought about it at all, would recognise that one of the problems facing ‘the English’ was the fact that the monarch, a pious but ailing Edward (‘the Confessor’), had produced no direct heir. The indirect heir to Edward’s crown was his nephew’s son, Edgar, but Edgar was too young to rule a turbulent nation in turbulent times. Besides, there were more powerful claimants to the English throne.