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Under French Norman rule a feudal society was imposed on England. In return for land the king could expect quotas of knights from his tenants-in-chief, together w/ monetary aid,‘reliefs’ (inheritance money)& wardship of minors.No land was w/o a lord & all belonged to the king. Although Englishmen of rank remained in their posts they were  aware they were now the aliens in top society.Norman French became the language of the court until the 15th century, a modified English eventually won the…

Under French Norman rule a feudal society was imposed on England. In return for land the king could expect quotas of knights from his tenants-in-chief, together w/ monetary aid,‘reliefs’ (inheritance money)& wardship of minors.No land was w/o a lord & all belonged to the king. Although Englishmen of rank remained in their posts they were aware they were now the aliens in top society.Norman French became the language of the court until the 15th century, a modified English eventually won the…

The Dering Roll is the oldest English roll of arms in its original form. Sir Edward Dering acquired the roll during the 17th century and modified it to include a fictitious ancestor of his own. It depicts the coats of arms of around a quarter of the English baronage during the era of Edward I. Emphasis was given to knights from Sussex and Kent, produced in Dover between 1270 and 1280 the document was designed to list the knights who owed feudal service there. It depicts 324 coats of arms.

The Dering Roll is the oldest English roll of arms in its original form. It depicts the coats of arms of around a quarter of the English baronage during the era of Edward I.

This far-reaching account of the politics, religion and culture of England in the century and a half after the Norman Conquest provides a vivid picture of everyday existence intended to increase our understanding of all aspects of medieval society. This was a period in which the ruling dynasty and military aristocracy were deeply enmeshed with the politics and culture of F ...more

Available in: Paperback. This lively and far-reaching account of the politics, religion, and culture of England in the century and a half after the

Coronation of Edward III, c1470-5.

14 year old Edward III was crowned King of England on this day of February, but the country was ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer

Queen Matilda was married to Geoffrey V Plantagenet who was the Count of Anjou

Geoffrey V "LeBon" Plantagenet, Count of Anjou - Son of Fulk V, Count of Anjou and father of King Henry II 'Curtmantle' Plantagenet of England. My gr grandfather

Thomas Becket and Henry II of England Arguing.

From the Becket Leaves century): Thomas Becket excommunicates his enemies in 1166 (left) and argues his case before Henry II and Louis VII at Montmirail

Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror and mother of Henry I, the first woman to be crowned Queen of England, was born in 1031. Her father, Baldwin V, was the Count of Flanders, and her mother Adela, was a daughter Robert II the Pious Capet, King of France. Statue is located in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France. 27th GG mother William

Jardins du Luxembourg -- La Reine Mathilde (Mathilde de Flandre) - Wife of William the Conqueror, Duchess of Normandy and queen consort of England .

A rediscovered image of Prince Henry (Henry VIII) as a child, weeping at his mother's empty death bed.  Poor kid.

A rediscovered image of Prince Henry (Henry VIII) as a child, weeping at his mother, Elizabeth of York's empty death bed. (This may have been the first and last time dear, sweet, ol' Henry wept at a death-BeingBess)

Great hall of Poitou built by King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine

Great hall of Poitou built by King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine

Queen Maud-Matilda 1st legitimate female sovereign of England, denied her crown because she was a woman. ancestress of Marie Queen of Scots.

Empress Matilda - Daughter of King Henry I and Queen Matilda of Scotland. Fought for the English throne against King Stephen, but lost. Married twice, first to Emperor Henry V and then to Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou. She had three sons.

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