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Resistance in the North-East

The North East of England was an area that caused King William an enormous amount of trouble.  It was a long way from London, it took William time to march north to stop any resistance.

William's chosen ruler for the area was unpopular.  So unpopular that local rebels killed him.
After the Battle of Hastings, William made peace with the Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar.  They were given land in the North East as a reward for making peace.

In 1068, Edwin and Morcar started a rebellion.  They were supported by many Saxons and Welsh.  According to Orderic Vitalis, the rebellion was caused by:

"...the injustice and tyranny which the Normans and their comrades in arms had inflicted."

Chibnall, M. Orderic Vitalis (1969) Vol. II, p.217

William had to react quickly.  Other areas of the country watched to see what their new King would do.

William went north in force, building castles to show his strength.  He would not put up with resistance!

"Above all, William survived by ... building ... castles in vulnerable places."
Goulding, Conquest & Colinisation, p.39

 William now realised that he had to have Norman governors in the North.  He simply couldn't trust the locals ...


Did William's new ideas work?

The reaction

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Last updated Wednesday, 02 July 2003