Establishing Control over Anglo-Saxon England: rebellions, reprisals, castles and the Domesday survey (William the Conqueror)

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William was crowned King of England on Christmas Day, 1066 and returned to Normandy in 1067. However, he was forced to return to England late in the year due to civil unrest and fragility of the government, run in his place by the two lords (cousin and half brother) William fitzOsborn and Odo, Bishop of Beyeux.

Rebellions 1068-1071

  • The Welsh border 1067 - Edric 'the Wild' started revolt in Herefordshire, along the Welsh border, whilst encouraging Welsh Princes to join him. The revolt failed to take the border, and so they retired to Wales with lots of loot.
  • The south-west 1068 - Exeter refused to be ruled by William but eventually accepted after an eighteen-day seige. William appointed half brother Robert of Mortain as Earl of Cornwall, also forcing Bristol and Gloucester on his return back. Summer of 1086 - Harold Godwinson's sons land on the coast but are repelled by English troops.
  • The north 1069-70 - Edwin, Morcar & Edgar Aetheling fled to the north 1068 - Still semi-independant. 1069 rebels burned Earl Robert of Commines in Durham, spread to York where Garrison attacked - William stormed north and…


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