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The Norman Conquest

 

Although there had been some alliances between the Normans and the English against their mutual enemies the Vikings, in 1066 the Normans under William the Conqueror invaded England and the Battle of Hastings took place, where Harold II, the English King, was defeated.
The Normans established themselves quickly in England by building the timber version of castles mentioned above, as these had the benefit of being constructed very quickly. With sufficient labor, a timber castle of limited size could be constructed within a few days and a larger castle in a few weeks. The timber required for these castles was also readily available in southern England.


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Castles were a principal feature of medieval warfare and society, as well as featuring in many historical legends and myths which emanated from England and Europe generally. Take a look at this section to learn the outline of how and why the idea of the castle originated and evolved.

 
 

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