William I

In the popular imagination, William the Conqueror is, without doubt, the villain, yet the sources we have for his life are ambivalent. Marc Morris revisits the evidence to show the man behind the mythology: neither good nor bad, but complex and human.

George Molyneaux explores how the realm of the English, conquered in 1066, was formed. 

The Battle of Hastings is the most famous military encounter in English history. This is partly because of the seismic social change that followed...

Arthur Bryant continues his series on the historical development of the country at the United Kingdom's heart.

J.L. Laynesmith unravels one of the mysteries of the Bayeux Tapestry.

In 1961 in excavations at the abbey of Ste Trinité in Caen the bones were recovered of a tiny woman, only four feet and two inches in height,...

What did it mean to be an earl, and where did the title come from? Marc Morris looks at the relationship between the Norman and Plantagenet kings and their earls.

David Crouch reconsiders William I and his sons as men of genuine piety – as well as soldiers.

Anglo-Saxon art gave way to Romanesque under the Conqueror and his successors, but the change was more gradual and less one-sided than the political changes might lead us to suppose.

William's persistent determination to build an abbey on the exact site of his victory at Hastings underlines its importance as a symbol of the Norman Conquest.