Category Archives: The Normans

Best Battle of Hastings Books for Kids

Here are some great children’s books on the subject of the Norman invasion in 1066 and the Battle of Hastings.


Battle of Hastings


  • 1066 (I Was There) by Jim Eldridge. – The story of an Anglo-Saxon page called Edwin and his adventures before and during the Battle of Hastings.
  • Hastings (EDGE Battles Book 1) by Gary Smailes. – A Fighting Fantasy style game-book in which the reader takes on the role of William the Conqueror.

What next? Learn more about the Normans by visiting our resources page, or discover some facts about William the Conqueror, The Battle of Hastings, Edward the Confessor and King Harold.

Norman Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Norman castles. The Norman invasion in 1066 is seen as the start of the Middle Ages in England. Castles were built by the Normans in just a few weeks and could shelter men, horses and supplies. The earliest Norman castles were pre-built (to some extent) and transported to England on… Continue Reading

Motte and Bailey Castle Facts

Here are some of the key facts about motte-and-bailey castles. What is a motte and bailey castle? A motte and bailey castle is, as the name suggests, made up of two parts: the motte and the bailey. The motte is a raised mound or earthwork with a stone or wooden keep (a fortified tower) on… Continue Reading

Domesday Book: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Domesday Book, the great Norman survey of the wealth of England. Domesday Book was ordered by William the Conqueror (William I) in 1085. Its main purpose was to assess the wealth of England to aid the system of taxation. Whatever was recorded in Domesday Book was legally binding. If ownership… Continue Reading

10 William the Conqueror Facts

Here are some facts about William the Conqueror (William I), the first Norman King of England. William I was born in about 1028. He was the illegitimate child of the Duke of Normandy, Robert I and Herleva, his mistress. In 1035, William became Duke of Normandy. Edward the Confessor, the King of England, was William’s… Continue Reading

The Bayeux Tapestry: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Bayeux Tapestry. The Bayeux Tapestry isn’t really a tapestry – it’s an embroidered linen cloth. It is about 70 metres (230 ft) long. It tells the story of the William the Conqueror‘s invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings. The Bayeux Tapestry was probably made in England, having… Continue Reading