Hope not, but he is one of least known good generals in our history, and worth re-evaluating. He was effectively king for quite a few years as Edward retreated into his religious quasi-monasticism and Harold took up the sword for the country.
Flexible tactics against the Welsh, fought for William in Normandy whilst a 'guest' and received praise. The Hastings campaign was a well-deserved victory against the Norsemen, and on the day he came extremely close to beating the Frogs, had he done so english grammar would be a nightmare to learn.
He stood for his country and attacked William quickly, partly aiming for surprise partly to protect his country from William's ravaging. That he failed takes nothing away from that.
Worth some respect I think, especially compared to some of the dills and wasters whose bums have occupied the throne after him. (I'm a royalist BTW).
I take it the customary obituary appeared in the Telegraph today? I always enjoy seeing that. I also enjoy the fact that most people forget that Bonfire Night is about burning Catholics, and a reminder that our loyalty is to London and not Rome.
Regretably, the French have never managed to invade and hold territory, without giving it back under duress. They certainly didn't invade Englandland, it was the descendants of the Norsemes what done it.
The French are rather good at claiming stuff, better than the Brits, De gaulle is a good example. I would have mentioned Napoleon, but of course one of France's better leaders wasn't French. But he was good, we needed an Irishman to defeat him on land.
Where does that come from? Don't get confused with later history. Mainstay of the army was the Huscarls and they were the Anglo-Saxon ones, - Englishmen.
The rank and file were bulked out by the Fyrd drawn from the local area. They had been stood down when the Normans didn't show in order to get the crops in. Hastily remobilised Harold picked up those he could on his way back from smacking the Northern Norsemen and those from the local areas that could be concentrated in time. Didn't hear that he made a diversion to Cardiff, Aberystwth and all points west.
Those who stood in the two battles were Englishmen, and they came within an ace of giving both sets of Norsemen a kicking. Had Harold waited and gathered a bigger army he would almost certainly have done so. Shame he didn't.