The year 1066 was a pivotal moment in English history, marked by the Norman Conquest of England. However, before William the Conqueror could claim the English crown, there was a dispute over who should rightfully hold it. The main contenders were Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, and William, Duke of… Read More »The Disputed Crown
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 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
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 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
William of Malmesbury recounts the battle: The courageous leaders mutually prepared for battle, each according to his national custom. The English, as we have heard, passed the night without sleep, in drinking and singing, and in the morning proceeded without delay against the enemy. All on foot, armed with battle-axes, and… Read More »Today in Medieval History: The Battle of Hastings
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 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.
Secrets of the Norman Invasion by Nick Austin is an analysis that proves beyond all reasonable doubt that the Battle of Hastings could not have been fought at the traditional battle site, nor could the Normans have landed or camped at the town of Pevensey. This site used to be Nick’s… Read More »Secrets of the Norman Invasion