A brief interruption occurred when Godwin opposed Edward's Norman advisors and in 1051 the Godwins revolted against the king. Edward expelled them from the country and at about the same time he promised William (the Conqueror) that he could have a claim to the English throne after Edward died. This may have been a ploy by Edward to prevent the Godwins claiming the throne themselves. In 1052 the Godwins, including Harold Godwinson, invaded England with a large army and Edward had to reinstate them to their former positions. Earl Godwin died in following year.