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Exeter Castle, Devon, England

Exeter Castle

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Exeter Castle, also known as Rougemont Castle, was originally no more than a defensive city wall built by the Romans and later repaired by King Athelstan around 928 AD. After the Norman Conquest of England, the city of Exeter —  like many other cities at this time — rebelled against William… Read More »Exeter Castle

Morcar, Earl of Northumbria

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Morcar was the Earl of Northumbria from 1065-1066. He was the son of Ælfgar (earl of Mercia) and brother of Eadwine (or Edwin), earl of Mercia. He was the grandson of Leofric and Godiva. Morcar rose to power at the appointment of the thegns in York due to the tyrannical rule… Read More »Morcar, Earl of Northumbria

The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society

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Each year, the Battle of Stamford Bridge Society holds a big two day re-enactment event surrounding the battle that occurred on September 25th, 1066. This years event will be held on September 22nd/23rd. It attracts around 300-400 Saxon and Viking warriors. These folks set up living history tents and then re-enact various aspects… Read More »The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society

The Huscarls

The huscarls were the household troops of the English king. The traditional meaning of the term in Old Norse meant simply a household servant. The term later evolved to reference the personal bodyguard of the king. It is believed the huscarls were firmly established in England under the reign of… Read More »The Huscarls

Today in Medieval History

September 27, 1066 – The Norman army under William the Conqueror sets sail across the English Channel to invade England and overthrow King Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England.

Essential Norman Conquest

Essential Norman Conquest is a website dedicated to the events surrounding the Norman invasion of England in 1066. The site has a timeline, 3D battlefield maps, interactive content, an encyclopedia, related reading, and resource links.

Edgar the Etheling

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Edgar the Etheling (1051 – 1126) was born in Hungary. His father, Edward the Exile, spent most of his life there after the Danish king Cnut conquered England and defeated Edward’s father King Edmund II Ironside. Edgar was the last member of the house of Cerdic of Wessex. After Edward… Read More »Edgar the Etheling