AQA GCSE History: Norman England, c1066–c1100

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BA Norman England, c1066–c1100

This option allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Students will study a wide variety of topics compiled into four modules, namely:

Part one: The Normans: conquest and control

Themes include:

  • Causes of Norman Conquest, including the death of Edward the Confessor, the claimants and claims.
  • Military aspects: Battle of Stamford Bridge; Battle of Hastings; Anglo-Saxon and Norman tactics; military innovations, including cavalry and castles.
  • Establishing and maintaining control: the Harrying of the North; revolts, 1067–1075; King William’s leadership and government; William II and his inheritance.

Part two: Life under the Normans

Themes include:

  • Feudalism and government: roles, rights, and responsibilities; landholding and lordship; land distribution; patronage; Anglo-Saxon and Norman government systems; the Anglo-Saxon and Norman aristocracies and societies; military service; justice and the legal system such as ordeals, ‘murdrum’; inheritance; the Domesday Book.
  • Economic and social changes and their consequences: Anglo-Saxon and Norman life, including towns, villages, buildings, work, food, roles and seasonal life; Forest law.

Part three: The Norman Church and monasticism

  • The Church: the Anglo-Saxon Church before 1066; Archbishop Lanfranc and reform of the English Church, including the building of churches and cathedrals; Church organisation and courts; Church-state relations; William II and the Church; the wealth of the Church; relations with the Papacy; the Investiture Controversy.
  • Monasticism: the Norman reforms, including the building of abbeys and monasteries; monastic life; learning; schools and education; Latin usage and the vernacular.

The Historic Environment

Themes include:

  • The location of the historic site was strategically advantageous.
  • The function of the historic site and how its structure helped with its function
  • The developments and evolution of the historic site
  • The people connected with the site
  • How the design reflects the culture, values, fashions of the people at the time
  • How important events/developments from the depth study are connected to the site

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Historic Environment (2019, 2020, 2021) Resources:

This module download also includes the following teaching resources:

  • AQA GCSE History Exam Booklets (2020 & 2021 Syllabus) (zip)
  • L1 An Exploration Of An Anglo Saxon Village (mp4)
  • L1 Anglo Saxon Hierarchy Info Hunt Material (pdf)
  • L1 Anglo Saxon Hierarchy Info Hunt Material (docx)
  • L1 Anglo Saxon Legal System And Economic Structure (docx)
  • L1 Anglo Saxon Legal System And Economic Structure (pdf)
  • L1 Anglo Saxon Society (mp4)
  • L1 Anglo-Saxon Hierarchy Diagram (docx)
  • L1 Anglo-Saxon Hierarchy Diagram (pdf)
  • L1 Anglo-Saxon Society (pptx)
  • L1 How Powerful Was Edward The Confessor (pdf)
  • L1 How Powerful Was Edward The Confessor (docx)
  • L1 Life In Anglo Saxon Britain History The Story Of Britain (mp4)
  • L10 Archbishop Of Canterbury (pdf)
  • L10 Archbishop Of Canterbury (docx)
  • L10 Archbishop Of Canterbury Stigand (pdf)
  • L10 Archbishop Of Canterbury Stigand (docx)
  • L10 Feudal System And The Church (pptx)
  • L10 Medieval Church (pdf)
  • L10 Medieval Church (pptx)
  • L10 The Feudal System (mp4)
  • L10 The Feudal System Diagram (doc)
  • L10 The Feudal System Diagram (pdf)
  • L11 Medieval Church (pdf)
  • L11 Medieval Church (pptx)
  • L11 Medieval Church Ppt (pptx)
  • L11 The Normans And Monasticism (docx)
  • L11 The Normans And Monasticism (pdf)
  • L12 Medieval Society And Economy (pptx)
  • L13 Norman Government (pptx)
  • L14 Domesday Book (pptx)
  • L14 The Domesday Book History The Story Of Britain (mp4)
  • L15 Language And Culture Of Norman Society (pdf)
  • L15 Language And Culture Of Norman Society (docx)
  • L16 Career And Significance Of Bishop Odo (pdf)
  • L16 Career And Significance Of Bishop Odo (docx)
  • L17 William I And His Sons (pptx)
  • L2 Edward And Harold Relationship Chart (docx)
  • L2 Edward And Harold Relationship Chart (pdf)
  • L2 Edward The Confessor And The Succession Crisis (pptx)
  • L2 Info Hunt Posters (docx)
  • L2 Info Hunt Posters (pdf)
  • L2 The Uprising Against Tostig (mp4)
  • L3 Claimants To The Throne (pptx)
  • L3 Claimants To The Throne Blank Diagram (pdf)
  • L3 Claimants To The Throne Blank Diagram (pptx)
  • L3 Market Place Information (pdf)
  • L3 Market Place Information (pptx)
  • L4 -1066- The Battle Of Fulford History U2013 The Norman Conquest (mp4)
  • L4 Battles Of Gate Fulford And Stamford Bridge (pptx)
  • L4 Press Release Stamford Bridge (docx)
  • L4 Press Release Stamford Bridge (pdf)
  • L4 Press Release Stamford Bridge 2 (docx)
  • L4 Stamford Bridge 1066 (mp4)
  • L5 Battle Of Hastings (pptx)
  • L5 Why Did William Win The Battle Of Hastings (pdf)
  • L6 Control By Castle Key (pdf)
  • L6 Control By Castle Key (pptx)
  • L6 Control By Castle Overall Geographical Location Worksheet (pdf)
  • L6 Control By Castle Overall Geographical Location Worksheet (pptx)
  • L6 Control By Castle Worksheet More Able (pptx)
  • L6 Control By Castle Worksheet More Able (pdf)
  • L6 Establishing Control (pptx)
  • L6 Homework Castle Task (pdf)
  • L6 Homework Castle Task (pptx)
  • L6 How William The Conquerer Secured Power After 1066 History The Norman Conquest (mp4)
  • L6 Motte And Bailey Castle Diagram (pptx)
  • L6 Motte And Bailey Castle Diagram (pdf)
  • L6 Motte And Bailey Key Words (pptx)
  • L6 Motte And Bailey Key Words (pdf)
  • L6 Revolt And Resistance After 1066 History The Norman Conquest (mp4)
  • L7 Legacy Of The Resistance (pptx)
  • L7 The Causes And Outcomes Of Anglo Saxon Resistance (docx)
  • L7 The Causes And Outcomes Of Anglo Saxon Resistance (pdf)
  • L8 Assessment (pptx)
  • L8 Medieval Realms 01 07 Saxon Uprising And Harrying Of North (mp4)
  • L9 Revolt Of The Earls (pptx)
  • L9 Revolt Of The Earls 1075 (docx)
  • L9 Revolt Of The Earls 1075 (pdf)
  • Life After The Norman Conquest History The Story Of Britain (mp4)
  • Life In Anglo Saxon Britain History The Story Of Britain (mp4)