Archive for: March 2016

The story of the Norman Conquest – March 1066

Saxon Frydsman and Norman Knight
Posted:
31 March 2016
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English Heritage
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Your Stories

Join us as we explore the people of 1066 - in just 140 characters. In March 1066, the trouble which had started brewing for King Harold from his brother-in-law Tostig continued to make the English uneasy as many other ambitious, powerful men were eyeing the English throne. In Normandy, Duke ...

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Saxon Easter customs and where they survived

The four seasons, from early 11th century manuscript of De Temporibus by the Venerable Bede © Alamy
Posted:
24 March 2016
Posted By:
Rowena Willard-Wright
Categories:
History Uncovered

Easter gives us an insight into the customs of ordinary Saxons, before the Norman Conquest changed the culture of England. Rowena Willard-Wright, Senior Curator of Collections and Interiors, explains how. It seems reasonable to assume that the defeat of the Saxon King Harold by William the Conque...

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Meet The Man Who Saved Hadrian’s Wall

Close up of John Clayton, the Saviour of Hadrian's Wall
Posted:
17 March 2016
Posted By:
Frances McIntosh
Categories:
History Uncovered

John Clayton (1792-1890) was the town clerk of Newcastle upon Tyne, a lawyer and antiquarian. His contribution to excavating and protecting Hadrian’s Wall has often been overlooked, but without him we could have lost much of this transnational World Heritage Site. Frances McIntosh, Curator of Roma...

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How to Drink Like a Norman

© The Art Archive / Alamy
Posted:
16 March 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

“The English are noted among foreigners for their persistent drinking.” observed John of Salisbury, Bishop of Chartres from 1176-80. But whatever they thought of the English reputation for drunkenness, the Normans appear to have had no problem with joining in our frolics... [caption id="at...

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