Harold, son of Godwin, a Saxon of Mercia in England, a knight of the Kingdom of God and Jerusalem, was given his spurs by le bon roi Baldwin, though his French is poor.
He carries a longsword of elf-steel named Wurmbiter which has a bronze pommel and worn leather hilt, wielding it either one-handed or with both hands. On journeying to the Holy Land he was followed by his squire Manwys, a Welsh Borderman.
Harold wished to join the cause to Hugh de Payen, a brave and pious knight he had heard was intending to form an order devoted to the protection of the pilgrims. Though his first request was refused, he was later accepted as a novice of the Order of the Poor Knights.