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Conquest and Colonisation: The Normans in Britain 1066–1100 by B. Golding

By B. Golding

1066 remains to be probably the most memorable dates in British heritage. during this obtainable textual content, Brian Golding explores the historical past to the Norman invasion, the method of colonisation, and the influence of the Normans on English society.

Thoroughly revised and up-to-date in gentle of the most recent scholarship, the second one version of this validated textual content good points solely new sections on:

• the colonisation of towns
• girls and the Conquest
• the effect of the Conquest at the peasantry.

Ideal for college students, students and common readers alike, Conquest and Colonisation is a vital advent to this pivotal interval in British history. 

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Why should Godwine have agreed to an arrangement that was potentially so damaging to his family's ambitions? He was not at this point in a weak position - his rebellion shortly afterwards would not have been ventured had he not thought he could win. Why, for that matter, should any of the witenagemot have consented to a Norman heir? Moreover, the taking of hostages and there are strong arguments for thinking that hostages were required at some point - is far more likely to have occurred during the negotiations at Gloucester, when the tide turned against Godwine, as surety for his appearance at the London trial; indeed, Florence of Worcester says just this.

A promised crown, a petjured lord, these were issues that might appeal to an ecclesiastical judge. Whether they were a faithful representation of the facts is open to doubt. In the fraught atmosphere of a royal court faced with a succession crisis, the possibility of a Norman succession was almost certainly discussed; it was probably raised informally by Edward, perhaps as a bargaining counter in the tortuous domestic politics of 1051-2, but that it was given formal reality must remain unproven.

20 Harold stood to gain by the exile's promotion, unless he was already thinking of the crown for himself (which is possible). William, by this time secure in Normandy, would have seen any claim he might have had cut out by the nomination of an heir with closer ties of kinship, but there is little he could have done about it. It has been suggested that Edward refused to see the claimant in order to register his disapproval of this reversal of his pro-Norman strategy, but this explanation seems unlikely on two counts.

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