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

For 2023:

  • Identify the key features of Yorkshire after the Norman Conquest;
  • Understand the connection between Yorkshire and the Normans; and
  • Assess the changes in Yorkshire during this period

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This module download also includes the following teaching resources:

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