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The Norman Conquest by Marc MorrisThis book was both fascinating and difficult. The Norman Conquest was such a pivotal turning point in history, I wanted to try to understand how it happened. Morris does an excellent job sifting through the sources and trying to make sense of all sides of the drama. Unfortunately, as Morris points out, our sources are slim and biased. You can’t get a very good sense of the major players as living people. We can only speculate on their motives and feelings. We can’t even be sure what happened or when. For these reasons, I’d only recommend the subject matter if you have a deep and abiding geek obsession with history, as I do. But if you want to know about the Norman Conquest of Britain, this is the most accessible book I’ve found.
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It is also the most formative period in British history, when the country experienced several waves of invasion, including the last invasion to have been successful, in It both begins and ends with an invasion: the first Roman invasion in 55 BC and the Norman invasion of William the Conqueror in There is overlap between the various invaders, and through it all, the Celtic British population remained largely in place. In some areas, such as Wales and Cornwall, the invaders hardly changed the language or way of life of the people. In others, the British Celts learnt the language of the invaders, and adapted to their way of life. After years of Roman rule, Romanised Britons tried to defend the religion and civilisation of Roman Britain against the Anglo-Saxon invaders. During this year period there was constant shifting of boundaries, boundaries both on the map and in the minds of the people living then.
The Norman conquest of England in Britain, often called the Norman Conquest or the Conquest was the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Norman , Breton , Flemish, and French soldiers led by the Duke of Normandy , later styled William the Conqueror.
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The Vikings invade England in the late s. The story of the Norman conquest of England begins in the late s, when the English king, Aethelred, found his kingdom attacked by Viking invaders, as Alfred the Great had seen England invaded a hundred years earlier. After losing a great battle to the Vikings, Aethelred tried to pay off the Vikings with tribute , called the "Danegeld. Aethelred had to raise taxes on the English to keep the tribute money flowing to the Vikings. Aethelred needed an ally , so he married Emma of Normandy.
The three main rivals for the throne were:. The royal council, known as the Witan , supported him. He gathered an army to defend the kingdom. Edgar was weak and lacked credibility due to being a child in exile in Hungary. Harald Hardrada was king of Norway. He invaded Yorkshire with a fleet of ships, but was defeated and killed by Harold's army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.