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The house of Normandy

The House of Normandy, occasionally known as the House of Longsword, had Norwegian Viking roots and took the throne of England by conquest at the momentous Battle of Hastings in 1066, when they displaced the ancient line of native Saxon kings of the House of Wessex, which had ruled England since 827A.D

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The house of Normandy

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Eleanor of Aquitaine's effigy at Fontrevault. Queen of France and England, she was known for her passion for reading

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Genealogy of Henry II, from the Nuremberg Chronicle, by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight has 7 acres of castle and earthworks. Its Norman stone walls encase a keep, a chapel and a small museum. It is one of the finest examples of a Norman Castle and was built on the site of earlier Roman and Saxon defences. In 1377 the French landed on the northern shores, burned Yarmouth and then advanced to lay siege to Carisbrooke Castle. The castle was successfully defended after the French Commander was killed

Charles 1 was a prisoner in here and his daughter Elizabeth died here aged 16. I know this is the wrong place for poor Charles, but the castle is Norman that is why I have put it here with him.

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Carisbrooke Castle. Baldwin de Redvers flees to Carisbrooke Age: 36 The Earl of Devon, Baldwin de Redvers takes refuge in Carisbrooke castle on the Isle of Wight after a defeat at the hands of King Stephen. I went to school here and could see the castle from the class room window, I knew it inside and out,

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King Henry III Born: October 1, 1207 at Winchester Parents: King John and Isabella Relation to Elizabeth II: 20th great-grandfather House of: Plantagenet Ascended to the throne: October 18, 1216 aged 9 years Crowned: October 28, 1216 at Westminster Abbey Married: Eleanor of Provence, Children: Six sons including Edward I, and three daughters Died: November 16, 1272 at Westminster, aged 65 years, 1 month, and 16 days Buried at: Westminster Abbey Reigned for: 56 years, and 29 days

Magna Carta, also called Magna Carta Libertatum or The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, is an English charter, originally issued in the year 1215 and reissued later in the 13th century in modified versions. The later versions excluded the most direct challenges to the monarch's authority that had been present in the 1215 charter. The charter first passed into law in 1225; the 1297 version, with the long title (originally in Latin) The Great Charter of the Liberties of England,

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The lion heart, Richard 1

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Name: King Richard I The Lion Heart Father: Henry II Mother: Eleanor of Aquitaine Born: September 6, 1157 at Beaumont Place, Oxford Ascended to the throne: July 6, 1189 aged 31 years Crowned: 2/3 September, 1189 at Westminster Abbey Married: Berengaria, Daughter of Sancho V of Navarre Died: April 6, 1199 at Limousin, France, aged 41 years, 6 months, and 29 days Buried at: Fontevraud, France

The Franks then flung themselves upon them all at once and massacred them with sword and lance in cold blood. Our advanced guard had already told the Sultan of the enemy's movements and he sent it some reinforcements, but only after the massacre.

Eleanor of Aquitaine Queen of France, Queen of England, Mother & Grandmother of Kings and Queens Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most powerful women in the world in the medieval era. Married first to the King of France -- and divorced from him in part because she had no sons -- she went on to have sons and daughters with her second husband, King of England.

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London Bridge

There has been some sort of bridge across the Thames river to London since the times of the ancient Romans almost 2,000 years ago. The current London Bridge was constructed from 1967 to 1972.

The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170 "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" The king's exact words have been lost to history but his outrage inspired four knights to sail to England to rid the realm of this annoying prelate. They arrived at Canterbury Cathedral, searched for the Archbishop. Becket fled to the Cathedral where a service was in progress. The knights found him at the altar, drew their swords and began hacking at their victim finally splitting his skull.

Parents: Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine Richard Plantagenet

King Richard I The Lion Heart (1189 - 1199)

Relation to Elizabeth II: 22nd great-grandfather

Henry II (5 March 1133 – 6 July 1189), also known as Henry Curtmantle, Henry FitzEmpress or Henry Plantagenet, ruled as King of England (1154–89), Count of Anjou, Count of Maine, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Nantes, and Lord of Ireland; at various times, he also controlled Wales, Scotland and Brittany.

1154, however, Stephen traveled to Dover to meet the Count of Flanders; some historians believe that the king was already ill and preparing to settle his family affairs. Stephen fell ill with a stomach disorder and died on 25 October at the local priory, being buried at Faversham Abbey with his wife Matilda and son Eustace.

Stephen (c. 1092/6 – 25 October 1154), often referred to as Stephen of Blois Stephen's reign was marked by the Anarchy, a civil war with his cousin and rival, the Empress Matilda. He was succeeded by Matilda's son, Henry II, the first of the Angevin kings.

  • Katie North
    Katie North

    Stephen was the son of Adela, a daughter of William the Conqueror. Stephen's father was Stephen, Count of Blois. The Count was killed on Crusade and Stephen was looked after by his uncle, Henry I, the king of England. Stephen was bestowed with a great deal of land by Henry and he soon became extremely wealthy and powerful. In 1125 Stephen married Matilda of Boulogne, who was next in line to inherit the lands around Boulogne. This gave Stephen control of a major port on the Channel and control over trade between the two countries.

  • Pamela Johnson
    Pamela Johnson

    The reason I know about Stephen the elder is that that the first crusade is one of my areas of study. Stephen the elder was very disgraced by leaving on the eve of the battle of Antioch. So Adele sent him back to his death. She ran quite a court, and arranged the marriage of Prince Bohemond of Antioch, the leader of the First Crusade, to Constance of France. I am working on research on his life.

  • Pamela Johnson
    Pamela Johnson

    Love Norman history

  • Katie North
    Katie North

    I love history right from the iron age, lol. but get me to the industrial revolution and hey ho boring

  • Pamela Johnson
    Pamela Johnson

    LOL, I totally agree! I really like your boards I'm going ot read all of them this weekend......thanks for pinning!

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Henry I (c. 1068/1069 – 1 December 1135) was the fourth son of William I of England. He succeeded his elder brother William II as King of England in 1100 and defeated his eldest brother, Robert Curthose, to become Duke of Normandy in 1106.

dress in the time of the Normans

Tower of London built by the Normans