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The prank that tore apart the family of William the Conqueror

It is not surprising to hear of brothers playing pranks on each other. However, when your father is King of England, the ramifications could lead to more trouble than anyone would realize.

BOOK REVIEW: The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England by Teresa Cole

October marked the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Author Teresa Cole’s latest book, The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England, looks at the events, key figures, and sources that brought Harold Godwinson (1022-1066) and William I (1028-1087) to this pivotal turning point in English history.

Book Excerpt & Promotion! The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England by Teresa Cole

The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England look at the origins, course and outcomes of William the Conqueror’s conquest of England 1051-1087.

Swan you say? Medieval Feasting!

A guest post on medieval food and feasting in the Middle Ages by author Regan Walker.

The Peaceful Part of the Norman Conquest of England

What happened between the Battle of Hastings and William’s coronation on Christmas Day, 1066?

William of Normandy’s Claim to the English throne: Examining the Evidence

Whether or not Edward’s promise of the throne to William was genuine, it was later certainly made irrelevant by Edward’s deathbed will.

William the Conqueror and the Harrying of the North

This lecture examines the events leading up to the Harrying of the North and the impact of this event on the North of England.

Ten Things You Should Know about William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror – an introduction to his life and reign of the Duke of Normandy and King of England

Herleva of Falaise, Mother of William the Conqueror

Legends states the young Duke Robert I of Normandy was on the walkway of his castle at Falaise looking down at the river and discovered a beautiful young girl washing clothes. He asked to see her and she became his mistress. She would become the mother of William the Conqueror.

The Childhood of William the Conqueror

Duke Robert died when William was seven leaving him to rely on other men to rule his duchy until he came of age. These years were fraught with peril.

Saint Anselm of Canterbury and Charismatic Authority

The early career of Archbishop Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033-1109) provides an opportunity to explore the operation of charismatic authority in a monastic setting.

“A model of wisdom and exemplar of modesty without parallel in our time”: how Matilda of Flanders was represented in two twelfth-century histories

My thesis investigates the different ways in which two twelfth-century historians, William of Malmesbury and Orderic Vitalis, represented Matilda.

William the Conqueror and the Channel Crossing of 1066

William the Conqueror waited several weeks before making his maritime crossing of the English Channel in 1066 – was he hampered by weathered or did the Norman Duke intentionally remain in Normandy, hoping that events in Anglo-Saxon England would turn to his favour?

Stories of the Death of Kings: Retelling the Demise and Burial of William I, William II and Henry I

This paper examines the accounts that describe the death and burial of three successive kings: William the Conqueror, William Rufus, and Henry I.

Matilda of Flanders, Queen of England and Duchess of Normandy

One of the most influential and formidable medieval Queens of England was Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror.

Manhood, kingship and the public in late medieval England

Were medieval kings like other men? A century’s work on the sacrality of kingship has tended to stress how kings differed from their fellow adult males, even fellow nobles.

England: One Country, Two Courts

The tension created by the two-court system is an integral part of England’s administrative and constitutional history. Exactly how integral has generated a considerable amount of scholarly work, from explanations of the sources of the conflict, to how the disagreement over jurisdiction was addressed throughout the Middle Ages, to what impact the issue had in shaping England’s overall political development.

Conquest or Colonisation: The Scandinavians in Ryedale from the Ninth to Eleventh Centuries

The study of settlement history has developed within the fields of history, archaeology and geography. As a result much of the work carried out in settlement studies has borrowed the research and conclusions of scholars from other disciplines.

Cultural Changes in England resulting from the Battle of Hastings

This paper, in examining the reigns of the Ethelred, Canute, Harold Harefoot and Hardicanute, and Edward the Confessor, will show how they came to power, the legacy each left – if any — and how the events during each reign ultimately led to the Battle of Hastings, with William the Conqueror’s victory changing England forever.

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