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Saxon Huscarl with King Harold’s Banner, Anglo Saxon/Danes, The Age of Arthur--single figure with banner--RESTOCKING IN SEPTEMBER 2020.
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Item Number: SX-04

Saxon Huscarl with King Harold’s Banner, Anglo Saxon/Danes, The Age of Arthur

The death of King Edward the Confessor of England in January 1066 had triggered a succession struggle in which a variety of contenders from across north-western Europe fought for the English throne.  These claimants included the King of Norway, Harald Hardrada.

King Harold Godwinson’s personal standard remains a mystery.  There is no actual evidence from the usually helpful Bayeux Tapestry, which shows the red dragon standard of the house of Wessex, but not “The Fighting Man” banner around which Harold and his bodyguards made their last stand against the Normans.

It is said the banner was made by Harold’s mother, Gytha, and others that it was woven by Harold’s common law wife, Edith Swan-Neck.

It is believed that William the Conqueror sent it as a tribute to pope Alexander II, where it seems to have vanished.

This banner is based on the one designed for the 2010 re-enactment.

Released in FEBRUARY 2020.