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William the Conqueror and His Legacy

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Erick Wang

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William the Conqueror and His Legacy
Norman Changes and Influences in Anglo-Saxon England
Language Change: English=lower class, French=upper class, Anglo-Norman (stemmed from Old French)=ruling class
Both French and Latin words added to English language
William's followers became English landowners
New Social System: Feudalism
Introduced stone castles to protect Norman Lords from revolts
Removed previous Saxon lords from power and replaced them with Normans
About William the Conqueror
Son of Duke Robert l, known as bastard child
Heir to his family, but power was constantly threatened
Knighted at the age of 15 by the King of England
Married Mathilda, daughter of Count Baldwin V of Flanders, bringing more wealth
Had nine children
Was promised the succession of the English throne
William the Conqueror's Actions & Achievements
Erick Wang, May Huang, Justin Kim
Norman Literature
Works Cited
"Anglo-Norman literature". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica
Online.Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2013. Web. 27 Oct. 2013.

Knox, Ellis. "The Middle Ages." William the Conqueror. Boise State University, n.d.
Web. 27 Oct. 2013.

Beers, G. Kylene, Lee Odell, and John Malcolm Brinnin. Holt Literature & Language
Arts. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2003. Print.

"Feudalism in England." Feudalism in England. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2013."

William I 'The Conqueror' (r. 1066-1087)." The Official Website of The British
Monarchy. The Royal Household, 2008. Web. 27 Oct. 2013.

Wood, Michael. "William the Conqueror: A Thorough Revolutionary." BBC News.
BBC, July 2006. Web. 27 Oct. 2013.
William the Conqueror
Came in like a wrecking ball
Also called Norman-French, Anglo-French
Religious Writings:
"Book of Kings"
"Mirror of Holy Church"
Feudalism Affects English Literature
Robin Hood
Introduced to England in 1066 after the Battle of Hastings
A system based on rank: appointed vassals
All Saxon landholders replaced by Norman soldiers and barons
Feudalism led to Domesday book, a book that recorded every person and piece of land in England and documented taxes paid
Normans maintained their power through feudalism
Defeated King Harold in the Battle of Hastings, catapulting his Norman Conquest of several lands
Successfully kept control by splitting land
Manipulated army and confiscated nobles' land to his advantage
Was able to create a fair tax system because of the Domesday Book
Created royal order with the use of sheriffs
Preserved laws and traditions
How William Kept Control
King Harold's family rebelled but failed
"Harrying of the North"
Opposition from northern England caused problems for William
Hereward the Wake
Hero of the Anglo-Saxons who opposed Norman influence
May: “About William the Conqueror", “William the Conqueror's Achievements", “Wrecking Ball", “Works Cited"

Justin: “Norman Literature", “How William Kept Control", “Wrecking Ball", “Works Cited"

Erick: “Norman Changes and Influences in Anglo-Saxon England", “Feudalism", “Wrecking Ball"
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