How did The Normans Conquer England?

How did The Normans Conquer England?

Across the English Channel lived the Normans. Up in the Northwest of France, above Paris, was a growing Viking settlement in Normandy. Back in 911, when the Vikings were wreaking havoc throughout Europe with their raids and terror, the contemporary ruler of the area, Charles the Simple, struck a deal with his invaders…

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  1. Great vid but the English Church was instrumental in the Normans taking over because the English Church negotiated with William after the battle to ensure that they kept their position in English society. It was a deal that blew up in their face when William replaced all the English leaders within 20 years and Latin and French became the languages of the Church which mirrored what happened to England after the French came to rule.

  2. They did killing people, burning homes and violating everyone, eventually some more women, and stealing all money and properties.
    The Queen of Denmark and the kingd of Sweden and Norway should ask for pardon to the descendants of the surviving former inhabitants.

  3. Actually, what really happened, was that Rachelthe 3rd, Queen of Mercia, was insulted by some diplomat from the Pict, back in 510. She responded with her armies, invading Pictland and their allies simultaneously in 511. The Picts were surrpised, ambushed and not as prepared as they believed, leading to a complete victory for Queen Rachel in 514. After securing those land for herself, she declared herself Queen of The Isles and sent our her armies to conquer the rest of what you know as England and Ireland. In 527, the final local noblemen surrendered and Queen Rachel got her lust for conquest satisfied. She died by falling off her horse in 528. Her daughter, Queen Rachel iV, tried to keep the lands under control, but the Romans decided it was time to expand. After losing almost half her army and almost a third of the land, Queen Rachel iV managed to ally the Frisian Duchy, who came to the rescue with their armies. The Frisian saw the economic and strategic possibilities of the islands and betrayed her, resulting in a total Frisian rule since 532. That was, until the Mayan Empire discovered the new continent in 1340 and decided to make that their new colonies…. (from 'History of the World Edition EU4' by General Qualipdiahrz, printed in 2147)

  4. They just had to pitch up, job done. If the Scottish had actual weapons and armour they would have took England too. The Scot’s didn’t want to take land they were happy with the country they had kinda like nowadays. They took north England and stopped there hoping the English would stop trying to take Scottish lands but in the end they wouldn’t do the alliance was formed creating Britain 🇬🇧. Soon after the biggest empire ever was created by the brits

  5. The possibility of an attach from Harald Hardrada & independently from William, Duke of Normandy should have occurred to Harold Godwinson. He needed two separate strong forces of men both in Yorkshire & in Sussex / Hampshire.

    If the group on the south coast had been prepared for William. (They would have had some warning as they would have observed, themselves, the change in the wind direction.) These men could have fought William as he was actually disembarking from their boats on the English south coast.

    As things actually worked out, Harold & his men had to trek all the way from Yorkshire to Sussex in order to meet William in battle. This would have left them tired. Amazingly, Harold still managed to get the advantage of securing a hilltop with William needing to attack uphill. Maybe this is the reason why in the middle stages of the battle, Harold was winning & with a degree of unjustified overconfidence, his forces split ranks. This led to Harold's ultimate defeat.

    A post 1066 society composed of landowner Norman French (speaking French) and peasant class Anglo-Saxons (speaking Germanic Anglo-Saxon English) would have been strange. There would have been gross misunderstandings as the ruling Norman French would have considered it beneath their dignity to learn English.

  6. poor england got conquered by french vikings. Then they became the goat of empires, by doing viking things, exploring and raiding.

  7. The conquest of England 1066 is exaggerated. England is still Anglo-Saxon. Firstly, England and English were named after the Anglo-Saxons, including most place names. Secondly, most Englishmen look Anglo-Saxon/nordic, with Anglo-Saxon/nordic surnames. If you ask the English who they feel a cultural bond to most say Northern Europe. And literally the Christmas truce of 1914 only happened thanks to the English and Germans.

  8. In 2066, it will be the thousand-year anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. I bet there will be interesting celebrations. I wonder if I will see it.

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