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By: Joanna A. Biographical Note Gro Steinsland , Dr. Jan Erik Rekdal , Dr. He has published on Irish narrative traditions and Norse-Irish cultural contact and exchange, including "Interaction of Pagan and Christian traditions" in Mediaeval Irish narratives and Vikings and Saints: Encounters Vestan um Haf Ian Beuermann , Dr. Origin Myths and Rulership. Kings, Earls and Chieftains.
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Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. The Norman conquest of marked a dramatic and irreversible turning point in English history. Although the English had some initial success using shield-wall tactics, they proved no match for William, who was a formidable warlord.
English defences were eventually broken down and King Harold was killed. His crushing defeat and gory death on the battlefield is famously recorded in the Bayeux tapestry, which was completed in the s. He skillfully secured his hold on the lands he had invaded, replacing the English ruling class with Norman counterparts and building defensive fortresses at strategic points throughout the kingdom. Towards the end of the 11th century England came under threat from Danish invaders.
The Domesday Book is significant because it provides a unique and remarkably rich historical source for medievalists. The book now survives in two volumes: Great Domesday and Little Domesday.
The crusades were a significant and long-lasting movement that saw European Christian knights mount successive military campaigns in attempts to conquer the Holy Land. Religious conflict peaked during the 12th and 13th centuries and its impact can be traced throughout the Middle Ages. Muslims in the Holy Land were not the only target of the crusades. Crusade campaigns were directed against a variety of people viewed as enemies of Christendom. Military campaigns against the Moors in Spain and Mongols and pagan Slavs in Eastern Europe have now also been recognised by historians as part of the crusade movement.
The crusades had a huge impact on medieval life in Britain.
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People from all walks of life were involved — everyone from peasant labourers to lords and kings took up the fight for Christendom. Richard the Lionheart r—99 considered the quest to conquer the Holy Land to be so important that he was absent from England for many years of his reign, waging war in the Middle East.
These intercontinental military expeditions also had a much wider impact on global relations. They led to an unprecedented interaction between east and west, which had an enduring influence on art, science, culture and trade. Meanwhile the shared fight for Christendom arguably also helped to foster ideological unity within Europe.
Bloody proof of overflowing tensions in the ongoing power struggle between the medieval church and crown, the murder of Thomas Becket in has gone down in history for its shocking brutality. In , after enjoying a successful career in the clergy, Becket —70 became chancellor to King Henry II. Friendship and rapport developed between the two men and in Henry appointed Becket as archbishop of Canterbury.
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Trouble began to emerge as it became clear that Becket would now fight for the interests of the church, often in opposition to the wishes of the crown. Becket began to challenge the king over a wide range of issues and their turbulent disagreements lasted several years. He returned to Canterbury in but was soon in conflict with the king again, this time over the excommunication of high-ranking clerics.
This dispute was the final straw for Henry.
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On 29 December they brutally murdered Becket in his own cathedral.