This episode of the War File's THE HISTORY OF WARFARE series explores William the Conqueror's rule of England following the 1066 Battle of Hastings, a period of great social, political, and economic change for the British Isles. The Norman Conquest is brought to life through dramatic re-creations and period artifacts, with historical context provided by voiceover narration from actor Hu Pryce and expert commentary from University of Glasgow professor Dr. Matthew Strickland.
In newly conquered England, the years that followed the Battle of Hastings were marked by violent turmoil. King William responded to the uprisings of the Anglo-Saxons by laying waste to the north of England. It was a period that saw the introduction of feudalism, a proliferation of Norman churches and castles, and the completion of the remarkable Doomsday Book. Featuring authentic reenactments, dramatized contemporary accounts, and period imagery, this DVD gives an in-depth understanding of these dark times. Narrated by Hu Pryce, with expert analysis by Doctor Matthew Strickland of the University of Glasgow.