ON THIS DAY: 27 SEPTEMBER 1066: Norman Invasion of England

 

In 1066 the course of British history changed forever when William, the Duke of Normandy, landed on the southern coast of England and seized the country from its Anglo-Saxon king Harold Godwinson. The French had a long history of claims in England, and in 1002 the English king Aethelred the Unready married the sister of Richard II, the Norman duke.

Illustration: Scene from the 11th century Bayeaux Tapestry depicting Norman cavalry attacking Anglo-Saxon soldiers

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