Why did William the Conqueror believe he had claims to the English crown?
A. Blood line through his aunt.
B. Stated that Edward the Confessor had promised it to him while in exile.
C. Stated that the other heir to the thrown had sworn allegiance to William.
D. All of the above.
Upon the death of the childless Edward the Confessor, the English throne was fiercely disputed by three claimants -- William, Harold Godwinson, the powerful Earl of Wessex, and the Viking King Harald III of Norway. William had a tenuous blood claim through his great aunt Emma. William also contended that Edward, who had spent much of his life in exile in Normandy during the Danish occupation of England, had promised him the throne when he visited Edward in London in 1052. Further, William claimed that Harold had pledged allegiance to him in 1064: William had rescued the shipwrecked Harold from the count of Ponthieu, and together they had defeated Conan II, Count of Brittany. On that occasion, William had knighted Harold; he had also, however, deceived Harold by having him swear loyalty to William himself over the concealed bones of a saint.
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