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.

Part four: Historic Environment - Pevensey Castle

Themes include:

  • The location of the castle and how this was strategically beneficial advantageous.
  • The function of the castle and how its structure helped with its function.
  • The evolving structure of the castle including the evolution of materials and construction.
  • The people connected with the site e.g. the Romans and William the Conqueror. Craftspeople connected with the construction of the site and who enjoyed the economy created around it.
  • 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, e.g. recuperating from the Battle of Hastings.

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