Conquest and Colonisation: The Normans in Britain 1066–1100 by B. Golding

By B. Golding

1066 remains to be the most memorable dates in British background. during this available textual content, Brian Golding explores the history to the Norman invasion, the method of colonisation, and the effect of the Normans on English society.

Thoroughly revised and up-to-date in mild of the most recent scholarship, the second one version of this tested textual content positive factors totally new sections on:

• the colonisation of towns
• girls and the Conquest
• the influence of the Conquest at the peasantry.

Ideal for college kids, students and basic readers alike, Conquest and Colonisation is a necessary advent to this pivotal interval in British history. 

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Soon afterwards William himself re-crossed the Pennines, occupied York, and then proceeded to search out and destroy the rebels and the Danes, who by now had retreated to their ships. The 'Harrying of the North' had begun. The Danes made peace with William. According to Florence of Worcester the king gave them leave to plunder the coastal regions so long as they did not actually engage in hostilities with the Normans. Such a surprising arrangement may be fanciful, or it may be part of a wider treaty whereby the Danes released Norman prisoners taken in their attack on York.

The comparative ease of the autumn campaign, the apparent submission of the native aristocracy, combined with an intention to create a genuine Anglo-Norman state in partnership with them, may have persuaded William that he could safely make a triumphal return to Normandy in the spring of 1067. In solemn procession at Rouen (the seat of the archbishop) and Fecamp (where ducal palace and monastery adjoined), his English captives and looted treasures were displayed. By so doing he associated the two ecclesiastical foci of ducal power in his victory.

There was nothing new in the legal concept, but William restricted its meaning, from secret killing in general, to apply only to Normans. By imposing a fine of 46 marks, to be paid by the lord of the dead man (or of the land where the crime took place, there is some uncertainty on this point) if the perpetrator was not speedily arrested, and then, if he could not pay, raising the sum from the hundred, William was both encouraging his lords to protect their vassals, and placing a financial burden on the native community.

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