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|Centuries:||10th century – 11th century – 12th century|
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- Emperor Go-Reizei ascends the throne of Japan.
- Harold Godwinson becomes Earl of Wessex.
- Edward the Confessor marries Edith.
- Edward the Confessor begins construction on Westminster Abbey.
- Pope Benedict IX sells the Papacy to Pope Gregory VI.
- Movable type printing is invented by Bi Sheng in China.
- June – Rainulf Drengot, Norman adventurer.