Period Dramas-Medieval Times 476-1453 - a list by eliza_gaskell
*William the conqueror battles King Harold...William the Conqueror was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. Descended from Viking raiders, he had been Duke of Normandy since 1035 under the title of William II.
Robert the Magnificent (1000 – 1035) was the Duke of Normandy from 1027 until his death. He was the father of William the Conqueror who became in King of England in 1066 and was the great, great grandson of the famous Viking leader and first Duke of Normandy Rollo. My 26th, 27th, 28th (x2) 29th, 30th, 31st & 32nd GGF.
Rollo led raids on Northern France in the 9th century. Rollo and his Viking men sailed up and down the river Seine terrorising the locals. The lands were rich in game and the rivers filled with fish; the Vikings liked what they saw. In 911 Rollo and the King of France struck a deal – King Charles III offered Rollo the lands he wanted if he followed 2 simple rules; 1, He defends the lands from other Viking raiders, and 2, he and his men convert to Christianity. Rollo agreed and Normandy was…
After 911, the Viking Rollo was the first Norman count of Rouen. His successors were called Dukes of Normandy. These dukes increased the strength of Normandy, although they had to observe the superiority of the king of France. They held on to some territory in Scandinavia and the right to enter those lands by sea. The aristocracy was composed of a small group of Scandinavian men, while the majority of the Norman political leaders were of Frankish descent.
King Charles III and Rollo came to a deal in 911. Rollo swore loyalty to the king and that he would protect him from other Viking attacks. He would convert to Christianity. In return Rollo could have all the land between the river and the sea. Normandy was formed.