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18 September 2014
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After the Norman Conquest: Go futher


Hen Domen Montgomery by Robert Higham and Philip Barker (University of Exeter Press, 2000)

The Law of Freedom by Gerard Winstanley (Penguin, 1973)

Puritanism and Revolution by Christopher Hill (Secker and Warburg, 1958)

The World Turned Upside Down by P Laslett (Penguin, 1975)

In Search of England by Michael Wood (Penguin, 2000). Contains an essay on the Norman Yoke, which draws together the strands of this idea, the excavations at Hen Domen, and the full story of the debate with Monty.


Essential Norman Conquest: contains a timeline which you can click on to find out what was happening at that particular point in 1066. Offers a full, scrollable version of the Tapestry.

The Bayeux Tapestry: is a useful site that contains a full likeness of the tapestry as well as a translation of the Latin text that appears on it.

The Battle of Hastings: has a lot of useful context on the Battle of Hastings and links to a site displaying the Tapestry in its entirety.

The National Archives: find out more about why the Domesday Book was compiled, how the information was collected and take a closer look at this archive from the post-Conquest period.

The Reading Bayeux Tapestry: Reading Museum and Art Gallery houses a complete replica of the tapestry. The site features images of the Tapestry, recounts the story it tells and also contains a history of this famous piece of embroidery.

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Places to visit

Hen Domen: There have been extensive excavations on the site of the original timber Hen Domen castle built in the 11th century by Monty's ancestor, Roger Earl of Shrewesbury. The earth mound is situated to the west of Montgomery town and access can be gained from the B4385. However, Hen Domen is on private land and can only be visited with permission from the owner. Please contact the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust for further information.

Norman Castles: For examples of small motte and bailey castles try: Pleshey, Essex, and Berkhamsted Bucks; and for big ones: White Tower, Tower of London; Rochester, Colchester; and the dramatic keep at Castle Rising, Norfolk. There is a reconstructed motte and bailey castle at Mountfitchet Castle. This is at Stanstead, Essex.

Published: 18-11-2004

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