William I in Power: Securing the Kingdom 1066-87

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  • William I in Power: Securing the Kingdom 1066-87
    • Establishing Control
      • The submission of the earls in 1066 suggested that William could be accepted as king
      • William treated the Anglo-Saxon earls who submitted to him very well, to show that he would reward loyalty
      • However, he needed to reward his followers and supporters too with land and money
      • William set up new earldoms to help establish control over the English borderlands
      • Castles were very important in establishing military control
    • The Causes and Outcomes of Anglo-Saxon Resistance 1068-71
      • The rebellion was mainly due to resentment over land
      • Edwin and Morcar's revolt in 1068 collapsed quickly
      • The northern rebellions of 1069 and Ely in 1070-71 were very serious because of the involvement of Danish invasion fleets
      • William's brutal tatics were successful in ending the Anglo-Saxon rebellions
    • The Legacy of Resistance to 1087
      • Anglo-Saxon resistance convinced William that sharing power would not work
      • The Harrying of the North demonstrated the extent of William's ruthlesssness
      • Changing land-ownership made thegns poorer and more dependant on their new lords
      • Military skill was the new foundation of William's power
    • Revolt of the Earls 1075
      • The revolt of the Earls in 1075 was linked to William's policy of reducing the size of earldoms and the power of the earls. He wanted to be much stronger than his earls
      • The revolts were a threat to William
      • They failed because Anglo-Saxons supported William

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