Duke William obtains Papal support
furious with Harold and the English! He intended to fight for
the English Crown!
He sent messages
to Pope Alexander II and obtained the countenance of the Pope
to pursue his claim. Harold refused to recognize the Pope's
A banner, blessed
by the Pope for the invasion of England, was sent to William
from the Holy See, and the clergy of the Continent upheld his
intended invasion as being in the Cause of God, a Holy War, a
Supported by the
spiritual power, and having great influence, William proceeded
to assemble "the most remarkable and formidable armament which
the western nations had ever seen." Medieval Knights flocked
to join Duke William and his 'local' Crusade!
With this massive
powerful military force, and the religious backing, Duke
William set out to take the crown of England! His plans for
the Norman invasion began!