This chapter provides a background on the reign of Edward the Confessor, which was followed by the Norman Conquest that intensified the spotlight on his performance. It confirms whether Edward was a weak king who doomed England by promising it first to William then Harold. The chapter begins with events on how Edward obtained the throne in ruthless times and held it almost twenty-four years from 1042 to 1066. The chapter also analyzes whether Edward's survival was due more to luck or judgement or whether he merely occupied the throne or made his reign a success. It describes the era of Edward, when a king was regarded as successful if he ruled justly enough not to be called a tyrant, held his kingdom in relative peace, and passed it safely to an heir.
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