History KS3 / 4: 1066 - Revolt and resistance (6/6)

An exploration of Anglo-Saxon resistance to Norman rule after William's coronation on Christmas Day in 1066.

Edwin and Morcar were serial offenders, yet each time seem to receive a Royal pardon.

William was particularly severe in putting down a rebellion in the North of England.

Perhaps the most determined rebellion was led by Hereward the Wake, supported by some Danish invaders, in the Fens of East Anglia in 1070 -1071 but even that, too, is defeated by William, with the help of a wooden tower, a witch and some monks.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

Students could research and then discuss why were there so many rebellions against William? Which was the most serious from William's point of view and how successfully did William deal with rebellions?

Key Stage 4

Hold a class debate with the title, 'How successful a king was William?' 1. What did people at the time expect of a king? 2. Did William deliver? 3. Did everyone in England accept William as their king? 4. Does everyone in your class agree about William?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History in secondary schools in the UK. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

1066: The claimants to the throne (1/6)
1066: The Battle of Fulford (2/6)
1066: The Battle of Stamford Bridge (3/6)
1066: The Battle of Hastings (4/6)
1066: King William and Domesday Book (5/6)