Britain was successfully invaded by a Norman army from France in 1066. This is one of the most well-known dates in English history. What happened, and why, and what was the impact of the invasion?
Why was there a disputed succession in 1066?
Edward the Confessor's children had died
Edward the Confessor had no children
Edward the Confessor's children couldn't decide who should be king
Why did William of Normandy claim the English throne?
Edward the Confessor promised William the throne
The Witan declared William king
William was Edward's blood relative
How many Viking longships returned home?
Why was Harold's army so tired?
They had built a castle at Pevensey
They had climbed to the top of Senlac Hill
They had marched quickly south from Stamford Bridge
Why did Harold position his army at the top of a steep hill?
His men were exhausted and needed a rest
It would keep his men safe from the Norman archers
William's cavalry would not be able to gather enough speed to charge uphill
Who won the Battle of Hastings?
Harold II and the Saxon army
William of Normandy and the Norman army
Harald Hardrada and the Viking army
What happened after the northern rebellion of 1069?
Edgar the Atheling was victorious and crowned king
William defeated the rebellion and ordered the 'Harrying of the North'
William defeated the rebellion but allowed the Danish and Scottish armies to settle in the north
How did William control the country?
He allowed the Saxon nobles to keep their land
He gave land to the Church
He gave land to the Norman nobles and imposed the feudal system
Which of these comes from a Norman-French word?
What is the name of the tapestry which shows the story of the Norman conquest?
The Bayeux Tapestry
The Hastings Tapestry
The Norman Tapestry