All about history book of medieval history. by White, Jon

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William was certain that he A major reason for the king’s return Harold is crowned had promised the throne to him; he was the support given to him by the On 6 January 1066, would not forget that fact, nor would powerful Godwin family of Wessex. In Harold ascends to the he let the English. gratitude, the new king bestowed lands throne of England after the funeral ceremony of The situation looked bleak for and titles upon Harold and his brother; the deceased King Edward Harold later in 1066. While William this alliance was then strengthened the Confessor.

The Vikings had been raiding the coast of England since 793 – the famous attack on Lindisfarne – and would have had plenty of opportunity to see the abundance of good farmland, healthy crops and fat cattle all over the country. Combine this with the riches presented in the monasteries and towns they were so fond of raiding and England became a perfect area for expansion. As for being ‘bloodthirsty raiders’, there is that element to the culture, yes, but it was not simply for violence that the Vikings went raiding.

Who had pillaged the towns worked the land, This image of monstrous invaders laying siege tirelessly toiling in the field, or creating intricate to innocent monasteries and pillaging them of and valuable ornaments and jewellery to fund their their precious items is the first one that leaps to blossoming civilisation. mind when many are confronted with the word 34 When Vikings ruled the waves Vicious Vikings Meet Scandinavia’s most terrifying plunderers Erik the Red 951 – 1003 Infamous for: Being exiled from Iceland for murder.

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