This brief activity for GCSE (and possibly for KS3) looks at the longer-term Norman background to 1066, focussing on how William’s invasion was made possible by a combination of his military successes against neighbouring states and good fortune.
By the end of this activity students should know and understand that:
a) William had faced and beaten a number of attacks from surrounding states during the 1050s
b) If Edward the Confessor had died before 1060 William would have had great difficulty invading England because of threats to Normandy
c) William’s successes created a breathing space from local wars enabling him to invade England in 1066
d) His resulting reputation as a successful soldier enabled him to recruit followers for his invasion of England and he was able to recruit soldiers who would not have been keen to leave their lands if local wars were continuing.
See the activity HERE …