The Normans crossed the channel and invaded England in 1066. The works that followed testify to the power of art and architecture as a tool for colonization.
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Through the evidence of manuscript production we can trace the history of Normandy and the region’s close ties with England before and after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
Spiral columns, carved zig-zags, round arches—at Durham, the rhythmic Anglo-Norman Romanesque pulses with life.
How did motte and bailey castles helped William I consolidate his conquest of England?
In this video we explore the second Norman conquest, the takeover of the English Church, and its architect Lanfranc.
A castle visit can be a haunting experience; the crumbling walls evoking thoughts of medieval warfare. But for historians who can read their messages, castles provide valuable evidence of life in the Middle Ages.
The Winchester Bible is among the most magnificent illuminated manuscripts made in England in the twelfth century.
An Anglo-Saxon princess founded a nunnery in the eel-filled marshy waters of East Anglia; see how it developed during the Middle Ages.
1066—William the Conqueror crossed the sea, invaded England, and became king. Language and art changed forever.
If cloth could talk…in a vivid animation of William’s conquest, armies clash and comets fly while a harp plays on.
A video camera captures all 70 meters of “tapestry.” Follow the embroidered narrative as it unfolds.
This monumental 11th-century needlework presents an action-packed illustration of Anglo-Norman history.