Channel 4 Learning

Conquering the Normans
Kings and Conquerors
Curriculum Relevance
Programme Outline
Knights and Chieftains
Castles and Control
Lords and Villeins
Rebellion and Plague
TV Transmissions
Print Version

Please use the menu on the left to navigate through this resource

Kings and Conquerors


This programme provides information on the origins of the Normans and on the events leading to the invasion of England, the Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquest of England. The motives, role and impact of William the Conqueror are examined.

The programme should enable students to:

  • know where the Normans came from, and recognise Normandy and some of the other countries conquered by the Normans on maps
  • understand that the Bayeux Tapestry, although a biased view of the Norman invasion, is still a valuable source of contemporary evidence on the events surrounding the Norman invasion of England
  • understand the differences between the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans at the Battle of Hastings in terms of armour, weapons and tactics, and how the Normans won
  • describe and explain the reasons for and the results of the Norman invasion of England
  • assess the significance of William the Conqueror