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Resistance and Rebellion: The Norman Conquest in East Anglia

The great Norman motte at Thetford (Sam Newton 1987)

with Dr Lucy Marten

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 12th February, 2011

A look at the year 1066 and the resistance that followed from a largely East Anglian perspective, with special attention to uprising of Hereward ‘the Wake’ and the Three Earls’ Rebellion of 1075, conflicts which probably had more profound consequences for the pattern of landholding in East Anglia than the Conquest itself.

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  
  11.45 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.
 
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 1075: 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

Dr Lucy Marten completed her Ph.D at UEA in 2005 and has since been working as a lecturer in Medieval History at the university. She has recently taken on a role directing the Centre of East Anglian Studies and is currently writing a book entitled The South Folk and the Northmen: Suffolk 840-1086. She has published articles on the shiring of Norfolk and Suffolk, Norman castles, East Anglian rebellion, and Little Domesday.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Fleming, R., Kings and Lords in Conquest England (Cambridge 1991)
Hallam, E., & David Bates (eds), Domesday Book (London 2005)
Liddiard, R. [ed.], Anglo-Norman Castles (Woodbridge 2003)
Lewis, C. P., ‘Joining the Dots: a methodology for identifying the English in Domesday Book’, in K. S. B. Keats-Rohan (ed.), Family trees and the roots of politics: the prosopography of Britain and France from the tenth to the twelfth century (Woodbridge 1994)
Marten, L., ‘The Rebellion of 1075’ in Medieval East Anglia, ed. C. Harper-Bill (Woodbridge 2005)
Marten, L., ‘The Impact of Rebellion on Little Domesday’, Anglo-Norman Studies 27 (Woodbridge 2005)
Morris, J. (ed. & tr.), The Domesday Book, several vols covering all recorded counties (Phillimore 1975-1992) - the current best edition of the text.
Roffe D., Decoding Domesday (Woodbridge 2007)
Rumble, A. [ed.], Domesday Book, Suffolk, 2 vols (Philimore 1986)
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Phoenix 2000).
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk (Manchester, 1996)
Williams, A., The English and the Norman Conquest (Woodbridge, 1995)
Wood, M., Domesday: a search for the roots of England (London 1999)

Bookings

Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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