Would Harold Godwinsson really have had an ambition to take the throne of England? Even his father, the great Godwin, had known the Earl of Wessex would always be the power behind the throne, never sitting on it himself. Why didn't Harold just expect to be regent under Edgar the Aetheling until the boy was old enough to be King? After all, Edgar must have been about fifteen years old in 1066; old enough to be considered a man and thus not too young to be in line for the throne. Harold had all but worn the crown of England under Edward as his father had before him; surely Harold would have expected to maintain that power under a young King Edgar. As depicted in Godiva and the Golden Dragon, Harold of England may well have simply found himself caught up in events that were out of his control.
Aelfgar's ties with Wales did lead Harold and Tostig Godwinsson to invade Wales in 1063. The history seems to show that they were there to subjugate the strong Welsh king, but in fact the Welsh people themselves did probably present the head of King Gruffydd of Wales to Harold. Did Harold Godwinsson undertake a treacherous winter campaign against the Welsh simply to impress King Edward as some would believe? Godiva and the Golden Dragon presents a different reason for Harold's trek into Wales, as he attempts to find Godiva who has fled from England.