How Much Do You Know About the Norman Conquest?

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Who was the first Norman king of England?

William the Conqueror was the first Norman king of England. He would change the course of British history.

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When did the Normans invade?

The Norman invasion took place in 1066, The bloody result is the stuff of legend.

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Did the Pope approve of the invasion?

Pope Alexander II very much approved of the Norman invasion. Many other Popes would approve of European invasion of Britain.

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King William was otherwise known as _______ ?

Fans of William the Conqueror called him William the Great. Those that didn't like him called him William the Bastard.

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What happened to the churches of England after the conquest?

All the churches of England had to be rebuilt. Anglo-Saxons did not build with stone, and all were destroyed.

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Where is Normandy located?

Normandy is located in northern France. That is where the Normans came from.

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The Normans brought advances in ______ ?

The Normans brought with them many architectural innovations. They revolutionized English ecclesiastical architecture.

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The victorious Norman ruler was crowned king in what year?

William was crowned king in 1066 at Westminster Abbey. His coronation took place on Christmas Day.

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How long did the Battle of Hastings last?

The Battle of Hastings lasted for one day. Apparently, there was a break for lunch during it.

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Before the Norman invasion, there were no _____ in Britain.

The Normans brought with them their magnificent castles. Well, not literally. But they built the first ones.

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How many people died during the Norman Conquest?

More than 100,000 people died during the Norman Conquest. Thousands of people died at the Battle of Hastings, but many more would die in the following years.

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Who wrote the Domesday Book?

Well, he didn't actually write it, but William the Conqueror ordered the compilation of the Domesday Book. It chronicles the Great Survey of England at the time.

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The Normans brought ______ to Britain.

The Normans brought the idea of chivalry to Britain. The Normans were rather civilized in their politics.

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The Normans did not believe in which of these?

Despite going through a bloody war, the Normans did not believe in execution. “No man dared slay another, no matter what wrong he had done him” - that was a credo.

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What battle secured the Norman victory?

The Battle of Hastings was the decisive battle in the conquest. It took place at Senlac Hill, killing King Harold Godwinson.

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Who was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England?

Edward the Confessor was the last Anglo-Saxon king. His reign lasted until 1066.

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The Normans eventually banned which of these after their conquest?

William himself didn't ban the slave trade in England after his conquest, but the Normans brought a change in attitude toward slavery. Before then, slaves were treated brutally in Britain.

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Who made the first, and unsuccessful, invasion of England in 1066?

Harald Hardrada of Norway made an unsuccessful invasion of England in 1066. Clearly, he was no match against the Normans.

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Where else did William invade?

William the Conqueror invaded both Scotland and Wales. It was said that if he had lived two years longer, they would have been his.

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William the Conqueror was ________?

Although it's said that William was exceptionally tall, he was actually of normal height. So was his wife.

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What piece of art tells the story of the Norman Conquest?

Bayeux Tapestry is the famous piece of art that depicts the Norman Conquest. The tapestry hangs at a special museum in Bayeux.

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William lured soldiers into his army by offering what?

William the Conqueror offered land and titles to landless men. This was motivation enough to join the war.

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What was the name of William's queen?

William's queen was named Matilda. Some said she was of very short stature, which was not true. She was quite beautiful.

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William's hold on England was quite __________?

William's hold on England was not terribly strong. He often faced rebellion in the north and from the Scots.

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After the Norman Conquest, which system developed fully?

The system of feudalism took full hold after the Normans conquered Britain. The king had ultimate power, and the tenants in chief held their fiefs directly from the king.

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William brought his ______ with him.

William the Conqueror changed the entire landscape of Britain. The old aristocracy was thrown out and a new Norman one was instated.

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How was Harold II said to be killed?

King Harold II of England supposedly got an arrow through the eye. This was according to the Bayeux tapestry.

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What was the name of Norway's invasion of England?

The invasion of Norway is called the Battle of Stamford Bridge. The fighting was fierce. An estimated 5,000 Anglo-Saxons died, along with about 6,000 Vikings.

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Which castle did William build?

These were all castles that William the Conqueror built. He also built Colchester Castle.

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In 1066, the battle between the English and the Norwegians marks the end of the _________?

The Battle of Stamford Bridge marks the end of the Viking Age. Seems a pity, doesn't it?

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Were Normans Vikings?

The Normans truly were Vikings. They were originally Norwegians that settled along the coast of France.

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William invaded England for what reason?

William claimed that he was promised the throne by his cousin, Edward the Confessor, who was once king. This promise was made in 1051.

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Hardrada's invasion arrived on ______ ?

Harald Hardrada and his army arrived on Viking longships. At least 300 ships arrived on the northeast coast of England.

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Normans arrived from ______ ?

Unlike the Vikings from Norway, the Normans arrived from the south. They came on 700 Norman ships.

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What were Harold II's English soldiers known as?

The housecarls were the English forces against the Normans. Their forces were not enough to prevent Harold II from being killed.

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The Norman Conquest changed the course of British history, but how much do you know about this major transformation of the British Isles? In this quiz, we'll explore your knowledge of one of the​ most pivotal events in world history.

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