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By B. Golding

1066 remains to be probably the most memorable dates in British heritage. during this available textual content, Brian Golding explores the historical past to the Norman invasion, the method of colonisation, and the influence of the Normans on English society.

Thoroughly revised and up to date in gentle of the most recent scholarship, the second one version of this validated textual content positive aspects fullyyt new sections on:

• the colonisation of towns
• ladies and the Conquest
• the effect of the Conquest at the peasantry.

Ideal for college students, students and basic readers alike, Conquest and Colonisation is a necessary advent to this pivotal interval in British history. 

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Harold duly swore and took his nephew home. On Edward's death, William demanded first Harold's sister and then fulfilment of the other promises. Harold refused: his sister had died; he had garrisoned Dover; he could not promise the kingdom as it was not his to grant. This story retains some of the elements found in William of Poitiers, who may have been their source. Other features are impossible to credit, such as the alleged offer of the throne while Edward was still in exile. The whole account may be an attempt to describe unpalatable events from an English perspective, sidestepping the main issue of the offer, but it should still be taken seriously.

Eustace of Boulogne, though he is not known to 21 Conquest and Colonisation have taken an active role in the rebellion, gave refuge to Count William of Arques after the latter's castle finally surrendered to Duke William. Across the Channel, Edward may have been equally worried by the Norman-Flemish alliance. Relations with Flanders had been ambiguous during the reign. Flanders was a convenient bolt-hole for rebels and exiles. Osgod Clapa had earlier found refuge there, as did Swegn during his exile from 1047 to 1049.

Late sources suggest that he was a kinsman of Abbot Brand of Peterborough, by whom he was said to have been knighted. This account may be a garbled reference to a tenurial relationship with Peterborough; certainly the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle refers to Hereward and his followers as the 'men' of the abbey. If so, perhaps his career as a monastic thegn was similar to that of Eadric at Worcester. Certainly Brand's death, in November 1069, seems to have triggered the revolt. Brand was replaced by the warlike Norman Turold, who already had a reputation as an unsympathetic abbot at Malmesbury, whence he was transferred.

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