Background to the conquest 1016 Cnut, king of Denmark invaded England 1017- Edward, Alfred and Goda, children of king Aethelred of England and Emma of Normandy survived. They fled to Normandy. 1036 - Cnut dead, Edward and Alfred returned to England 1042 – Edward became king of England. Many Normans got to power 1066 – Edward died without a clear heir. back next index
The Norman Invasion The contenders Harold Godwinson Earl of Wessex Rich and powerful aristocrat Harald lll of Norway Agreement with the previous Danish king of England William Duke of Normandy Duke Richard II's son back next index
The events King Harald – September 20th Tostig Harold Batt le of Stamford Bridge, September 25 th Haral d and Tostig killed William landed September 28 th Battle of Hastings October 14th, Harold killed London gained . William crowned December 25th next back index
The local resistance Rebels from Kent, Srhopshire and Wales raised revolts Massacre of Normans in Northumbria Harold's son launched raids from Ireland The Danes came to help exiles from Northumbria and Scotland Resistance flared up again in western Mercia with several allies back next index Learn more
Controlling England With titles and lands for the followers Designating heirs, oftern succesors from Normandy Normans took control of the upper ranks of society Massive building of castles and fortifications index next back
Socio-economical consequences of the invasion The “Domesday Book” compiles information about countrylife, population and land. Only 5% was of English property south of the Tees back index next
Political consequences back index next Centralization of the English autonomous system of “ shires” Stablishment of the first census since the time of the Romans Settlement of the feudal system brought from France.
Cultural consequences A new language, Anglo-Norman, was introduced as the language of the ruling classes, displacing Old English Norman Art and Architecture still remain in England back index next