2Learning objectives Learning objectives What problems did William face directly after his victory at Hastings?How did he overcome these problems in the short term?What challenges did he still have to meet?Learning objectives
4After the battleWilliam may have won the Battle of Hastings, but that did not mean he became king by automatic right.William needed to consolidate his victory. He had defeated the main English army, but England was still full of powerful nobles ready to oppose him. He had to show the English that he was here to stay.
11Taking the throneOn Christmas Day, 1066, William was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey. His followers cheered so loudly that nearby soldiers thought there was a riot and burned down local houses.William kept his place throughout the chaos, but witnesses said his hands tightened on the arms of the throne until the knuckles whitened. It was said to have been the only time in his life that he showed signs of fear.
12Challenges to comeWorksheet One accompanies this slide.