||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
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:
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!
all, William survived by ... building ... castles in vulnerable
Goulding, Conquest & Colinisation,
now realised that he had to have Norman governors in the North. He
simply couldn't trust the locals ...