A victory for King Harold Godwineson over Harold Hardrada, king of Norway, and his own brother Tostig, both of whom were killed. Harold Hardrada was asserting a purported promise of succession to the English kingdom by King Harthacnut. The battle took place just east of York. Harold's success indirectly assisted William the Conqueror, who was given time to establish a secure base on the south coast before the battle of Hastings.
Subjects: British History.