William the Conqueror's Westminster coronation accidentally turned into bloodshed, prophetic of the grim way Norman rule was imposed on the reluctant Anglo-Saxon subjects. Any resistance ... See full summary »

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William the Conqueror's Westminster coronation accidentally turned into bloodshed, prophetic of the grim way Norman rule was imposed on the reluctant Anglo-Saxon subjects. Any resistance was bloodily suppressed, there even were severer sentences for crimes against a Norman. The English language itself was largely gallicised, adding a French vocabulary especially in spheres of interest to the new nobility, which took over nearly all the feudal lands. The rather efficient taxation was extended and reorganized, as testified by the Doomesday Book. A French invasion of his Norman duchy was stooped in blood. William's successors would extend the conquest over the British Isles. St. Margareth, an Anglo-Saxon royal princess, helped 'modernise' the Scottish dynasty on Norman model but keep the northern real independent. Marcher lords, virtual independent Anglo-Norman vassals, moved into Wales, were some Celtic principalities remained separate for centuries. The FitzGeralds made the first wave ... Written by KGF Vissers

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11 August 2010 (UK)  »

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