William presides over the ceremony of Harold's oath of allegiance. Upon the holy relics of Bayeux and in the presence of a full assembly of the Norman nobles, Harold declares his intentions.
'William, well aware of Harold's influence, used every endeavour to ensure his future aid; and, in return, William agreed to bestow upon Harold the hand of his daughter, the fair Adela. The English earl promised that he would give up to the Norman duke the castle of Dover, a fortress belonging to him as part of the inheritance of Godwin, and considered as the key of England. He confirmed the engagement by oath, and became the man, or vassal, of William, whom he acknowledged as his future sovereign.' --PalgraveReturn to Main Index