English Identity Before the Norman Conquest


in The English and the Normans

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251230
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191719134 | DOI:
English Identity Before the Norman Conquest

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This chapter presents a brief overview of Englishness and of ethnic interaction before the Norman conquest of 1066 to understand the fate of that identity and the nature of relations between English and Normans after the conquest. A key factor in the survival of Englishness after 1066 is the strength of that identity before. The various factors that upheld English identity in the Anglo-Saxon period are examined to explain its strength and reveal both change and continuity in that identity in the generations following 1066. This chapter also discusses how the English dealt with important pre-conquest minorities and their interaction with the Normans.

Keywords: conquest; Normans; Englishness; ethnic identity; ethnic relations; English; Anglo-Saxon period; minorities; England; Normandy

Chapter.  7127 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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