1066 The Conquest by Peter Fieldman

By Peter Fieldman

ENGLAND'S DEFINING second IN background a thousand YEARS in the past ON the most very important DATES IN ENGLISH HISTORY.

A NORMAN DUKE LED THE final INVASION of britain TO develop into KING of britain. APPOINTED DUKE OF NORMANDYAT THE AGE OF 8 at the loss of life OF HIS FATHER, HE SURVIVED makes an attempt ON HIS lifestyles AND GREW UP IN A MEDIEVAL global jam-packed with INTRIGUE, TREACHERY AND VENGEANCE . AFTER YEARS OF clash HE grew to become the main robust FEUDAL WARLORD IN NORMANDY AND won THE FRIENDSHIP OF HIS maximum RIVAL, HAROLD, THE SAXON EARL, till the ultimate war of words at the box close to HASTINGS GAVE HIM THE CROWN . this can be 1066, THE LEGEND OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.

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Iron technology, introduced from continental Europe, was development at least equal in there is to that of the Greeks and Romans, and although continuing argument about whether or not inhabitants by migrants from outside the island, was 'imposed' on previous it seems clear that society was more it fragmented. There have been important archaeological finds in the east of Yorkshire revealing direct foreign influence half a millennium before the and west of England pastoral peoples seem homesteads, Bridle bits and harness from the Polden rings Hills, Midlands and in the east Romans.

Also surprisingly, bits hill forts. - and implements - were being produced invasion. Not evidence too, and horse-gear could be elaborate with bridle There were terret rings. the in Some were handsomely England 600 years before in They decorated. suggest a society in which fighting was common. Iron technology, introduced from continental Europe, was development at least equal in there is to that of the Greeks and Romans, and although continuing argument about whether or not inhabitants by migrants from outside the island, was 'imposed' on previous it seems clear that society was more it fragmented.

Pigs and of co-operation between neighbours, comes from in strips in Some grazing on pasture and waste land. cattle farmers were were most prized, sheep provided milk, meat and wool. were ubiquitous, but there were few goat herds. Arable farming - mainly of wheat and barley - itself depended on animals, not only ploughing did not become common for power but for fertilization. Hea\y until the tenth century. While settlement continued, there were ebbs and flows of power between one part of the country and another as different kingdoms, some of them British, batded with each other in contests for supremacy which the seventeenth-century poet John Milton was to call the 'wars of kites and crows".

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