The Norman Conquest Essay by christo

The Norman Conquest
A discussion on how and why the Normans sought to justify their conquest of England.
# 51701 | 1,915 words | 8 sources | APA | 2003 | GB
Published on Jun 08, 2004 in History (British) , History (Religion)

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This paper explores the concept of nationalism in England in 1066, English unity, social make-up and the ferocity of their opposition to the invaders. It looks at how the Normans attempted to justify their conquest of England and, in particular, why. It examines how the ?rightful claimant to the throne? needed to put such an emphasis on the justification of the conquest. It looks at how William of Normandy held a strong claim to the English throne and how the Norman use of propaganda and their emphasis on the ?will of God? suggests there was a seed of doubt somewhere in the Norman establishment concerning legitimacy.

From the Paper:

"To understand the Norman efforts to justify the conquest it is important to understand the nature of Anglo-Saxon England. How was Duke William of Normandy received? Did he face opposition because he was a foreigner or was it purely political? Anne Williams? provides an insight into English society much earlier than 1066, suggesting that the "emergence of Englishness" began as early as the 7th century . However, such an expression gives little more than a hint as to how developed and patriotic a society England was in the 11th century. The existence of patriotism in England is hard to identify in this period. Overseas invasions were not uncommon and it was only twenty-four years earlier that the Danish dynasty of Cnut had ruled."

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