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

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By B. Golding

1066 continues to be essentially the most memorable dates in British background. during this obtainable textual content, Brian Golding explores the historical past to the Norman invasion, the method of colonisation, and the impression of the Normans on English society.

Thoroughly revised and up-to-date in mild of the newest scholarship, the second one version of this verified textual content positive factors solely new sections on:

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

Ideal for college students, students and common readers alike, Conquest and Colonisation is a vital creation to this pivotal interval in British history. 

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As such he was a powerful figure in the west midlands. According to Orderic, he made his peace with the king in 1067 but soon afterwards attacked Hereford with Welsh support. In 1069 (again in alliance with the Welsh) he turned his attention to Shrewsbury, but this rising, which was potentially 37 Conquest and Colonisation hazardous, linking as it did English and Welsh forces, was put down by William fitzOsbern. Florence of Worcester states that Eadric surrendered in 1070, and in 1072 went with William on his Scottish campaign.

This policy failed. The king and his magnates were marching to different tunes. It was all very well for the king to take crown lands and those of the Godwine family, and clearly some land which had been held by those who fell in 1066 could be speedily reallocated, but there was certainly not enough to satisfy both the conquerors and the surviving aristocracy. No king, however politically able, could hope to balance these claims. Most of the contemporary chroniclers suggest that English resistance began through resentment at baronial, not royal, oppression.

An early charter in favour of Regenbald, the king's priest, refers to Harold as rex, as too, of course, does the Bayeux Tapestry, consistently. Yet by 1086 the story is clear. William and his tenants-in-chief hold manors whose history is referred back to the time of King Edward, and Harold is no longer rex but comes ('earl'), or more tellingly, invasor ('usurper'). Yet just occasionally the mask slips and we read that William 'conquered the kingdom'. Administrative sources suggest that a clear and consistent interpretation of William's legitimacy took time 25 Conquest and Colonisation to develop; by contrast, the Norman chroniclers, William of Jumieges and William of Poitiers, were already advancing 'moral' justifications for the conquest by the early 1070s.

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