Harold Godwinson, a powerful noble in England, a good soldier and a gifted politician.
Harold was born and bred in England and popular with ordinary people. He was son of Earl Godwin, the most powerful noble in England. Harold was a leading Saxon Lord and the brother of Edward's wife. He had won a number of battles for Edward.
Harold was chosen by the Witan (the King's council) to succeed Edward the Confessor. He also said that it was Edward's dying wish that he, Harold, should have the crown (There were no witnesses to Edward saying this)
The day after Edward died, Harold became King Harold ll of England.
Harold did not have a direct blood link to the king. He was not of royal birth.