Norman England

After the Anglo-Saxons, the Normans arrived in England and conquered the land.

The Norman Invasion of England

The Norman invasion of England in 1066 is described through the images of the Bayeux Tapestry.  The following pages introduce you to the main  claimants to the throne and the battles that followed.

The Story behind the Invasion

King Edward lll of England (called “The Confessor”  because he built Westminster Abbey) died on  January 5, 1066, after a reign of 23 years. Leaving no  heirs, Edward’s passing ignited a three-way rivalry  for the crown that culminated in the Battle of Hastings and the destruction of the Anglo-Saxon rule of England.

Who should be the next King?

Saxon England didn’t have any firm rules about who should be King. Basically, when a king died, the crown passed to whoever could:

a) show that they had some royal blood, and

b) take the throne before anyone else got it.

The 4 candidates

-Who are the 4 possible rulers? What are their reasons to say they should be Kings?

-In your opinion, who should be King?

Read about the Battle of Hastings

Explain what happened with your own words.

-Who finally became King of England?

-Find a picture of a Norman Castle in Britain and describe it.

Prepare a ppt in a drive (share it with your partners and with me)

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