History KS3 / 4: 1066 - King William and the Domesday Book (5/6)

William secured control over England after defeating Harold at Hastings.

It is one thing to win a battle, but something completely different to take control over a whole country, but William managed to do so, by force as well as by wealth.

The Domesday Survey, completed in 1086, shows just how completely the Normans were in control, with Anglo-Saxons retaining ownership of a mere 5% of the land - the rest belonging to the King, his Barons and the Church.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

Students could use the evidence from this film to draw a labeled diagram of a Norman 'motte and bailey' castle. They could then discuss why William built so many castles? How did castle design change during William's reign?

Key Stage 4

Student could investigate the significance of the Domesday Book to the English, and to King William and then look at how secure William's control was of England by Christmas Day 1066, and by 1086?

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: Revolt and resistance (6/6)