The Normans

The Normans in Britain

by Mandy Barrow

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An Introduction to the Invaders.

Who were the Normans?

The Normans were people who lived in Normandy in Northern France. They were originally Vikings from Scandinavia. (The name Normandy comes from the French normand, meaning Norsemen and Normans)

(The photographs below and throughout the following page were taken from the Battle of Hastings re-enactment in October 2006)

The Normans lived in wattle and daub huts with thatched straw roofs.
(After invading Britain they also built castles - to defend their new kingdom)

Norman houses


There were no supermarkets or shops to buy food so the celts ate what food they could grow or hunt.


Vegetables e.g. leeks, onions, turnips, parsnips and carrots.

Wild nuts e.g. hazelnuts and walnuts.

Berries e.g. gooseberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Grains to make bread and also porridge

Herbs e.g. fennel, common sorrel, wild garlic, parsley

Leaves e.g. nettles and spinach


Wild animals e.g. deer, wild boar, fox, beaver, and bear.

Fish e.g. trout, mackerel, and salmon.

Domesticated animals e.g. chicken, goat, sheep and pigs.

Eggs from hens and wild birds eggs.


Honey from bees

Their clothes were made from animals.

They travelled by boat, horseback or on carts pulled by cattle.


The Norman Invasion of England - introduction

Meet the four claimants to the English throne (includes family tree)

The battle of Stamford Bridge

Who was the leader of the Normans?

Who were the Normans? Houses, clothes, food

Where did William fight Harold for the English Throne?
The Battle of Hastings

What happened at the Battle of Hastings?

Who died with an arrow in his eye?

William becomes King - plus Domesday Book info

The Bayeux Tapestry - introduction

What is the Bayeux Tapestry about?

Questions and answers about the Bayeux Tapestry Part one

Questions and answers about the Bayeux Tapestry Part two

Horses | Armour | Shields | Helmets | Weapons

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