The Norman Kings: 1066 – 1135 (English History I)

This course will cover the period of time from William the Conqueror's conquest of England (1066) through the death of his youngest son, King Henry I. We will begin with a comprehensive introduction covering the final years of late Anglo-Saxon England, as well as the Duchy of Normandy, and from there we will proceed to cover the entirety of the political and military history of the Norman Kings of England. View all content

  • 5 Hours 57 Minutes
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In this lecture, we take our first look at Anglo-Saxon England on the eve of the Norman Conquest. This lecture covers the essential composition of the Kingdom of England, as well as a review of the various levels of nobility in Anglo-Saxon society - thegns and earls.

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Module 1 – The Kingdom of England
Module 1
Module 1 - The Kingdom of England

In this module, we will introduce the chaotic world of late Anglo-Saxon England, and lay the groundwork for the tale of William's audacious conquest - the story of how an illegitimate Norman duke successfully conquered one of the most cohesive kingdoms in Western Europe.

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Module 2 – The Duchy of Normandy
Module 2
Module 2 - The Duchy of Normandy

In this module, we will turn our attention to the south, to a relatively minor Duchy settled by former Norse raiders. In this lecture, we will introduce and explore the history and political systems of Normandy, from its founding through 1035, when a young Duke William II rose to power in Normandy, and dramatically changed the trajectory of the Duchy's history.

  • 1 Hour 32 Minutes
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