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Resistance and Rebellion:
The Norman Conquest in East Anglia

The great Norman motte at Thetford

with Dr Lucy Marten

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on 18th March 2006

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 1066 and all that
A look at the events of that most tumultuous year in English history from an East Anglian, as well as a national, perspective. The questions to be addressed include: who was involved in the three major battles of that year and why? What do we know about East Anglian involvement in the uprisings that followed the coronation of William the Conqueror? What was the position of the region’s political and social structure in the years immediately following the battle of Hastings?
 
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The Ely Uprising
The revolt of Hereward ‘the Wake’ based around the abbey of Ely had profound effects upon this region, effects that are often overlooked. Working from contemporary sources, this session will look at the revolt in detail and explore the consequences of resistance to William the Conqueror for the king himself, the abbey of Ely and its men and lands in East Anglia.
 
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Rebellion of the Three Earls
An event often disregarded in secondary histories of the period because of its ultimate failure: yet an event that united three of William the Conqueror’s own earls across the entire country with a fleet of Danish ships in a rebellion that questioned the legitimacy of the king’s rule should not be ignored. The rebellion was led by the earl of East Anglia and the main action took place in this region. It involved a pitched battle, one of the longest castle sieges recorded anywhere in this period and had significant effects upon the pattern of landholding in the region – probably a greater effect than the Norman Conquest itself. This session will piece together the events of that year from contemporary sources and assess the consequent changes in personnel and local politics.
 
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Rebellion and the Domesday Survey
Much of the additional information presented here concerning the role of individuals in the various revolts and rebellions that followed the Norman Conquest has been gleaned from a new reading of Domesday Book. This session will explain the methods employed and consider both the effects of these events on East Anglia (as revealed in Domesday) and the effects that they may have had upon the actual writing of Domesday itself.
 
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Lucy Marten

Having successfully completed her doctoral thesis on ‘Land and Lordship in Tenth and Eleventh-Century Suffolk’, Lucy now holds a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of East Anglia to study the effects of rebellion on the writing of Domesday Book across the country.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Marten, L., ‘The Rebellion of 1075’ in Medieval East Anglia, ed. C. Harper-Bill (Woodbridge 2005).
Rumble, A., Domesday Book: Suffolk, 2 vols (Chichester 1986).
Williams, A., The English and the Norman Conquest (Woodbridge 1995).

Bookings

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Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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