Tag Archive: Norman Conquest

10 surprising facts about William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest

1) No one at the time called William ‘the Conqueror’ The earliest recorded use of that nickname occurs in the 1120s, and it didn’t really take off until the 13th century. At the time of his death in 1087, William was called ‘the Great’ by his admirers, and ‘the Bastard’ by his detractors; the latter…

Medieval Law and the Romans

Today we have a guest post by Jonathan Arnold on Medieval Law. Jonathan is a practicing attorney in California. He teaches law and is a legal historian. I would like to thank Jonathan for his contribution. Enjoy the article… ~The Archivist Some More Medieval Law BY Jonathan Arnold, Esq. arnoldandassocs@gmail.com The very term Medieval connotes…

Early medieval manuscripts give new view of English life under the Normans

The culmination of a pioneering international project which has uncovered new insights on Norman England is to be celebrated on Wednesday 10th November at 3.30pm at the University of Leicester. A new study of early medieval manuscripts written in the English language has revealed that the Normans, who conquered England in 1066, were not the…

Britain’s oldest working window frame built 1,000 years ago found buried in wall of Saxon church

Builders working on a tiny Saxon church have unearthed Britain’s oldest working window, dating back to pre-1066. The wooden-framed window was built 1,000 years ago but lay buried in the wall of St Andrew’s Church for about 150 years after it was covered up by Victorian renovations. It has now been revealed after shocked workmen…

New US Embassy Adopts Defenses From Middle Ages

A US embassy is expected to extend the welcoming hand of democracy—while maintaining a 30-meter zone of blast protection. Such was the challenge facing KieranTimberlake when the architectural firm entered a State Department competition to design a new embassy on the banks of the Thames in London. Its winning plan, to be built by 2017,…