This KS3 History quiz challenges you on the Norman Conquest. Duke William II of Normandy was head of the Norman Conquest of England. An English monk wrote that William's victory at Hastings was '.......a fatal day.......now we are ruled by foreigners and strangers'.
The invasion hadn't gone quite to William's plan. He assembled a fleet of approximately 700 ships and 7,000 soldiers but was stuck in port for about seven months due most likely to unfavourable winds. The fleet set sail but the weather changed and he lost a number of boats and men. Near the end of September, the weather changed again and the invasion fleet set off. They landed in Sussex at Pevensey.
After he had beaten the English at the Battle of Hastings, he expected that he would be proclaimed king. That didn't happen, so he made his way to London.
When he arrived, the nobles who had proclaimed Edgar Ætheling as king surrendered. They declared their alliegance to William , who was crowned on Christmas Day. The English did not give up completely and there were some small-scale rebellions. The biggest of these were in the north of England. William put these rebellions down brutally in order to send a message out that it was not a good idea to be a rebel.
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