Norman Conquest (02:12)
In 1066, William of Normandy was crowned after victory at the Battle of Hastings—but it would take years to overcome Anglo-Saxon resistance.
Harrying of the North (02:59)
Anglo-Saxon residents of a Yorkshire market town resisted Norman rule. A raid dramatization represents William I's suppression campaign that killed 100,000 people.
Norman Infrastructure (02:50)
William I's repression resulted in a legacy of Anglo-Saxon hatred. Learn about a network of castle forts constructed to control the countryside.
Doomsday Book (03:24)
Conquering lords took over Anglo-Saxon estates. In 1085 AD, William I commissioned a land census offering a detailed picture of 11th century England.
Medieval English Society (01:15)
The Doomsday Book reveals Norman wealth and an exploitative feudal system that deprived peasants of legal rights.
Norman Cathedrals (01:17)
Medieval English wealth funded monumental architecture that legitimized rule by divine right.
Norman Crusaders (02:49)
In 1096, English warriors fought in the Holy Land for faith and riches—funded by peasant labor and high levies.
Robin Hood Legend (04:58)
In 1315, crop devastation caused two years of famine and forced peasants to poach in royal forests—inspiring social justice heroism.
Bubonic Plague (06:32)
In 1348, the Black Death reached Britain. Learn symptoms of the epidemic that devastated the population and hear an account of a surviving Irish monk.
Post-Plague Middle Class (02:35)
A mass grave discovered in London demonstrates medieval beliefs in salvation. Plague survivors took over vacant lands and built two story homes from farming profits.
Peasant's Revolt (06:25)
A labor shortage from the Plague brought prosperity to tradesmen but threatened nobility. In 1381, Essex residents refused a new tax—sparking a national uprising that eventually abolished serfdom.
Battle of Agincourt (03:48)
In 1415, Henry V brought 7,000 contracted British archers to France. Learn how superior weaponry gained them victory and signaled the common man's entry into English history.
New British Freedom (01:33)
After the Battle of Agincourt, English society was no longer divided between lords and serfs. Free men embraced economic opportunity and independent thought.
Credits: People Power: The British—An Epic Adventure Through the Ages (00:42)
Credits: People Power: The British—An Epic Adventure Through the Ages
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