William's Invasion

    

Introduction

William of Normandy was angry when he heard that Harold Godwinson had seized the throne, and he began to gather an army to invade.

Study these eight Sources, then answer the question sheet by clicking on the 'Time to Work' icon at the top of the page.

Links:

The following websites will help you research further:

 

Harold's coronation:

Additional information at normaninvasion.info

Very detailed narrative account by 19th century American historian Jacob Abbott (this is available as an audio-book on YouTube)

 

 

  
 

1  Building Boats

All the following scenes are from the Bayeux Tapestry (made in about 1067-70).


   

2  Launching the fleet

The Latin words mean: 'Here they drag the ships to the sea'.


   

3  Loading weapons and supplies

The Latin words mean: 'These men carry arms to the ships, and here they drag a wagon with wine and weapons'.


   

4  The invasion

The Latin words mean: 'These men carry arms to the ships, and here they drag a wagon with wine and weapons'.


   

5  Unloading the horses

The Latin words mean: 'The war-horses leave the ships'.


   

6  Looting

The Latin words mean: '... to steal food'.


   

7  Building a castle

Here Norman overseers force Saxon workmen to build a mound for a castle.

The Latin words mean: 'He [William] orders that a castle be built at Hastings'.

 


   

8  Destroying

The Latin words mean: 'Here a house is burned'.