Did the Norman Conquest 'annihilate one kind of England'?

Did the Norman Conquest 'annihilate one kind of England'?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will assess the changes and continuities over the Norman Conquest and decide to what extent life in England had changed under the Normans.


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5 Questions

The Domesday Book helped William to decide...
How many pigs he could kill for his next feast
Correct answer: How much to tax people
Where to build his next castle
Who to give land to next
William needed to know this in order to...
Be able to show the Anglo-Saxons how orga
Have money to pay the Saxon nobles whose land he had taken
Correct answer: To avoid making the Anglo-Saxons angry if he charged them too much
To fund his trips back to Normandy
William wanted to make sure that his taxes were a similar amount to...
Correct answer: Edward the Confessor's
Harald Hardrada's
Harold Godwinson's
He didn't, he wanted them to be much more
How long did it take to complete the survey?
Correct answer: 1 year
2 years
20 years
6 months
What helped the Normans to complete the survey quickly?
The Anglo-Saxons were happy to help them
They got some trusted Anglo-Saxons to do the work for them
They spoke the same language as the Saxons
Correct answer: They used the same way that the Anglo-Saxons had divided and organised the land to save time

5 Questions

After the Norman Conquest, life stayed mostly the same for...
Anglo-Saxon Noblemen
Anglo-Saxon Noblewomen
Correct answer: Peasants
William the Conqueror
What language was spoken in government after the Norman Conquest?
Correct answer: French
Old English
William introduced a fine if a Norman was found dead. Why?
Edward the Confessor had successfully used fines to prevent his men being killed
Correct answer: To discourage the Anglo-Saxons from rebelling and killing Normans
To raise money for war against the Danish
To raise money to build castles
What did William keep the same about the way the country was run?
He didn't allow anyone to hunt in the royal forests
He used castles to keep watch on the local population
Correct answer: He used local communities to prevent people from breaking the law
He used Norman nobles to control the peasants
New Norman churches made from...
Correct answer: Stone

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UnitHistory / How much did England change during the Norman Conquest?