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From Legend to History (A.D. 449-1485). The Conquest of Britain Two groups of Celts from Southern Europe invades Britain between 800-600 B.C. Two groups.

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1 From Legend to History (A.D )

2 The Conquest of Britain Two groups of Celts from Southern Europe invades Britain between B.C. Two groups of Celts from Southern Europe invades Britain between B.C. The Britons settled on the island of Britain The Britons settled on the island of Britain The Gaels settled on what is now Ireland The Gaels settled on what is now Ireland Both were farmers and hunters organized into clans. Priests called druids settled disputes

3 Next came the Romans Began invading in 55 B.C. Began invading in 55 B.C. Julius Caesar made some hasty invasions Julius Caesar made some hasty invasions The true conquest took place 100 years later The true conquest took place 100 years later Roman rule lasted for 300 years Roman rule lasted for 300 years Last Roman legions left to defend Rome in A.D. 407 Last Roman legions left to defend Rome in A.D. 407

4 The Anglo-Saxons As Romans left, the Anglo-Saxons began invading from what is now Germany As Romans left, the Anglo-Saxons began invading from what is now Germany They were deep sea fisherman and farmers They were deep sea fisherman and farmers

5 The Coming of Christianity By the 4 th century, the Romans had accepted Christianity and had introduced it to Britain. By the 4 th century, the Romans had accepted Christianity and had introduced it to Britain. A century later, when the Celts fled the Anglo-Saxons, they took their Christian faith with them. A century later, when the Celts fled the Anglo-Saxons, they took their Christian faith with them. Even after Rome fell in A.D. 476, the Celtic Christian church continued to thrive. Even after Rome fell in A.D. 476, the Celtic Christian church continued to thrive.

6 Coming of Christianity continued Monks gained converts in North and established monasteries Monks gained converts in North and established monasteries St. Augustine established a monastery at Canterbury and began converting rulers St. Augustine established a monastery at Canterbury and began converting rulers Church provided counsel to quarreling rulers, promoted peace, and helped unify the English people Church provided counsel to quarreling rulers, promoted peace, and helped unify the English people

7 Danish Invasion Comprised of the Norse of Norway and the Danes of Denmark (collectively known as Vikings) Comprised of the Norse of Norway and the Danes of Denmark (collectively known as Vikings) Rising populations in these two countries led to them pirating and settling in the British Isles Rising populations in these two countries led to them pirating and settling in the British Isles They destroyed monasteries, entire villages, sacred relics, and manuscripts They destroyed monasteries, entire villages, sacred relics, and manuscripts

8 In 871, Alfred the Great ascended to the Wessex throne. Stopped Danish encroachment. In 871, Alfred the Great ascended to the Wessex throne. Stopped Danish encroachment. Negotiated a truce where he controlled southern England and the Danes controlled the East and North Negotiated a truce where he controlled southern England and the Danes controlled the East and North Alfred preserved remnants of pre-Danish civilization and encouraged rebirth of learning and education Alfred preserved remnants of pre-Danish civilization and encouraged rebirth of learning and education

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10 Danes continued to push for control in England. Danes continued to push for control in England. 1042, Edward the Confessor ascended to the throne. His death in 1066 led to the end of the Anglo-Saxon period of history. 1042, Edward the Confessor ascended to the throne. His death in 1066 led to the end of the Anglo-Saxon period of history.

11 The Norman Conquest These were descendants of the Vikings who invaded the coast of France in the 9 th century. These were descendants of the Vikings who invaded the coast of France in the 9 th century. William, Duke of Normandy, had family ties to Edward the Confessor. William, Duke of Normandy, had family ties to Edward the Confessor. When Edward died in 1066, Saxon council of Elders elected Harold II to be king When Edward died in 1066, Saxon council of Elders elected Harold II to be king

12 William claimed that Edward had promised him the throne. William claimed that Edward had promised him the throne. He crossed the English Channel to assert his claim by force He crossed the English Channel to assert his claim by force At Battle of Hastings, Harold II was killed, and William emerged victorious At Battle of Hastings, Harold II was killed, and William emerged victorious Over next five years he suppressed Anglo- Saxon nobility, and he confiscated their lands Over next five years he suppressed Anglo- Saxon nobility, and he confiscated their lands

13 He saw to it that Normans controlled the government and that business was conducted in Norman French or Latin He saw to it that Normans controlled the government and that business was conducted in Norman French or Latin Remade England by implementing the Feudal System Remade England by implementing the Feudal System

14 The Feudal System Involved the exchange of property for personal service Involved the exchange of property for personal service Theory Theory King owned all land King owned all land He parceled it out to his powerful supporters He parceled it out to his powerful supporters He gave these supporters titles-usually Baron He gave these supporters titles-usually Baron They in turn paid taxes and supplied a certain number of Knights should the king need them They in turn paid taxes and supplied a certain number of Knights should the king need them

15 Knights received smaller parcels of land for their services Knights received smaller parcels of land for their services These parcels were called manors These parcels were called manors The peasants who worked on these manors were called serfs, and they were the lowest class in the feudal system The peasants who worked on these manors were called serfs, and they were the lowest class in the feudal system

16 The Reign of the Plantagenets Norman rule ended in 1154, when Henry Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, came to the throne as Henry II. Norman rule ended in 1154, when Henry Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, came to the throne as Henry II. His concern with legal matters led him into a conflict with the church His concern with legal matters led him into a conflict with the church When the archbishop of Canterbury died, Henry appointed his friend, Thomas Becket to the position. He thought Becket would go along with royal policy When the archbishop of Canterbury died, Henry appointed his friend, Thomas Becket to the position. He thought Becket would go along with royal policy

17 Instead, Becket defied the king and appealed to the Pope. This angered Henry Instead, Becket defied the king and appealed to the Pope. This angered Henry In 1170, thinking they were doing the king a favor, four of Henrys knights murdered Becket in his cathedral In 1170, thinking they were doing the king a favor, four of Henrys knights murdered Becket in his cathedral Henry quickly condemned the action and tried to atone for it by making a pilgrimage to Beckets tomb Henry quickly condemned the action and tried to atone for it by making a pilgrimage to Beckets tomb

18 Since then, a pilgrimage to Beckets shrine at Canterbury became a common English means of showing religious devotion Since then, a pilgrimage to Beckets shrine at Canterbury became a common English means of showing religious devotion

19 The Magna Carta The next king after Henry II was Richard I The next king after Henry II was Richard I Richard spent most of his reign doing overseas military expeditions Richard spent most of his reign doing overseas military expeditions This proved to be quite costly This proved to be quite costly King John ended up inheriting these debts John tried to pay these debts by raising taxes The barons resisted these measures and forced King John to sign the Magna Carta

20 The Magna Carta was a document where the king stated he couldnt raise taxes without first meeting with the barons. The Magna Carta was a document where the king stated he couldnt raise taxes without first meeting with the barons. This restriction on the Kings power was the first step towards a constitutional government in England This restriction on the Kings power was the first step towards a constitutional government in England

21 Lancasters, Yorks, and Tudors In 1399, the House of Lancaster replaced the Plantagenets on the throne. In 1399, the House of Lancaster replaced the Plantagenets on the throne. These kings included Henry IV, V, VI all of whom were central characters in Shakespearean historical dramas These kings included Henry IV, V, VI all of whom were central characters in Shakespearean historical dramas Through the 15 th century, York and Lancaster competed for the throne Through the 15 th century, York and Lancaster competed for the throne This led to the war of the Roses ( ) This led to the war of the Roses ( )

22 Henry Tudor, distant cousin and supporter of Lancaster, led a rebellion against the unpopular York king-Richard III- and killed Richard in battle Henry Tudor, distant cousin and supporter of Lancaster, led a rebellion against the unpopular York king-Richard III- and killed Richard in battle Henry Tudor was crowned Henry VII and married Richards niece Henry Tudor was crowned Henry VII and married Richards niece This united the house of Lancaster w/ York, thus ending the War of the Roses This united the house of Lancaster w/ York, thus ending the War of the Roses

23 Decline of the Feudal System After the Plague swept across England in 1348 & 1349, massive labor shortages increased the value of peasant work. After the Plague swept across England in 1348 & 1349, massive labor shortages increased the value of peasant work. Peasants began to get paid and experience more freedom Peasants began to get paid and experience more freedom The peasants staged a revolt that was crushed, but the seeds were planted for a more liberal future The peasants staged a revolt that was crushed, but the seeds were planted for a more liberal future


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