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The Normans

Articles on the culture, history, and peoples of the Norman Age in England

Articles on the culture, history, and peoples of the Norman Age in England


The Normans: Overview of the Conquerors of England

The Normans that invaded England in 1066 came from Normandy in Northern France. However, they were originally Vikings from Scandinavia. From the eighth century Vikings terrorized continental European coastlines with raids and plundering. The proto-Normans instead settled their conquests and cultivated land. Over time they assimilated into medieval European society,…


The Saxon Herald 1066: January 5th

The King is Dead! Our beloved King, Edward the Confessor, has died aged 63 at the Palace of Westminster. His wife, Edith, is very upset. "He was a good husband and King," she told a journalist. The late King will be remembered for building Westminster Abbey. Who will be King?…

The Normans – Bibliography

1066 - Norman Conquest School Site Battle of Hastings - Glen Crack Battle of Stamford Bridge - Britain Express Edward the Confessor - British Library Net Edward the Confessor - School's History Harald Hardrada - Spartacus Henry I - Britannia Norman Conflict - BBC Stephen and Matilda - British Library Net Battle of Hastings - History Learning Site Bayeux Tapestry-…


The Normans – Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is a piece of embroidery measuring approximately 231 feet by 20 inches. Worked in colored wool on bleached linen, it tells of William of Normandy's rightful claim to the English throne and his subsequent invasion and conquest of England in 1066. The style of the stitching indicates…

The Normans – William the Conqueror Timeline

Date Summary Detailed Information Oct 1066 William took treasury Following the defeat of Harold at the Battle of Hastings, William made it his first priority to gain control of the English treasury. He then marched to London to crush English resistance which was gathering around Edgar Atheling, grandson of Edmund…


The Saxon Herald 1066

Written and produced by Greg Wheeler & Heather Wheeler 1997 G Wheeler, H Wheeler Please note: Newspapers would not have been produced or read in the year 1066. News would have been passed on by word of mouth. Click here to see the first "newspaper" article   This post is…


The Normans – Harald Hardrada & Stamford Bridge

Harald Hardrada, King of Norway, like William of Normandy, believed that the English throne should be his, not Harold Godwineson's. Background to Hardrada's claim: Edward the Confessor, who had died childless in January 1066, had seized the English throne back from the Norwegian Harthacnut in 1042. Harthacnut was the son…

The Normans – The Events Leading to the Norman Conquest 1066

Edward the Confessor 8 June 1042 Accession of Edward the Confessor Edward returned from exile in Normandy to claim the English throne. However, he was not popular with the  Anglo-Danish aristocracy established by Cnut. 3 April 1043 Coronation of Edward the Confessor Edward was crowned King of England at Winchester Cathedral. 23 Jan 1045 Marriage of…


The Normans – William the Conqueror

William, the illegitimate son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, was born at Falaise Castle, Normandy, in 1027 or 1028. He was known as William the Bastard. When his father died in 1035, William was named as his successor. By the time that he was twenty-seven, he had earned himself a…

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