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1066 and William the Conqueror

mardi 7 mars 2017

It’s January 1066 and the Saxon King, Edward the Confessor has died. Having no sons, there is no direct heir to the throne. But, four men claim their right to be the next King of England : Edgar a young boy of 14, Harald the Viking of Norway, William Duke of Normandy and Harold Godwinson, brother-in-law to the dead king.The Witan must decide... img_0511

Watch the amusing mini series Historyonics from the BBC to find out about the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

The world’s first comic strip - The Bayeux Tapestry - tells us the story of the Battle of Hastings and William Duke of Normandy’s ascension to the English throne.

Click here to watch an animated version.

Over 900 years ago William the Conqueor wanted to know how much his English Kingdom was worth and how much tax he could demand from the people.

He ordered his barons to carry out a detailed survey of the land, animals and people, the results were written in a book called The Domesday Book and which is kept today in The National Archives in London.

Use this link to find out how and why survey was carried out.

You can watch a clip from Horrible Histories - imagine how difficult it was to carry out this survey - the Normans spoke French or latin and there were often language problems between them and the Saxons. The Saxons didn’t want to say how many animals and how much land they possessed, they didn’t want to pay taxes to the Norman King.
Play The Domesday Game and you will realise how difficult it was to count all the animals in the country !

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