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3 historical battles, from the arriving of the Vikings in early Britain to the Norman invasion, are advised in photograph novel layout: In 793, the sacking of Lindisfarne is the 1st Viking raid on Britain; At Ediginton, Alfred the good defends the dominion of Wessex from Vikings in 878; In 1066, English forces, exhausted from battling the Vikings, face

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The Dark Ages and the Vikings

3 ancient battles, from the coming of the Vikings in early Britain to the Norman invasion, are informed in picture novel layout: In 793, the sacking of Lindisfarne is the 1st Viking raid on Britain; At Ediginton, Alfred the good defends the dominion of Wessex from Vikings in 878; In 1066, English forces, exhausted from combating the Vikings, face

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With his death, 600 years of Anglo-Saxon rule ended. SPOILS OF WAR After circling London with a tiny force, William I was crowned on December 25, 1066. He had gained the help of his nobles in The death of Harold is shown on the Bayeux Tapestry, a monumental embroidery battle by promising them lands made in 1070 to celebrate William the and treasure. His army was also Conqueror’s victory at Hastings. made up of mercenaries who would take plunder as their pay. Any dreams of ruling a cooperative, peaceful England were lost when William mercilessly seized English land and handed it out to his followers.

William ordered his nobles to supply knights to defend the kingdom. They were very different from the fryd (militia) of the Anglo-Saxons who were mostly farmers. William ordered the first written survey of all of England’s property. Called the Domesday Book, it is a unique record of the times that has survived to this day. The Norman conquest changed England forever. The Vikings had settled in Greenland and established themselves as the Rus in eastern Europe—a people who would one day found Russia.

Tostig was killed, and the surviving vikings were sent back in just 24 ships. that was… exhausting. as harold rested at york, a messenger came bearing grave news. sire, the normans have invaded! 30 harold was shocked. all summer he had waited with an army on the south coast for the challenge from duke william of normandy. * forty ships and at least ten thousand warriors! how are we going to meet this? god will decide. harold raced back to london to raise another army. hastings, southern england, october 13.

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