William the Conqueror - Battle of Hastings: 950th Anniversary

Normandie Tourisme
William the Conqueror, one of the most brilliant warriors of all time, stands at the crossroads of Anglo French history. The Norman Conquest and the Anglo Norman kings' struggles to establish their independence from the mainland were essential steps in the evolution of the English nation state.

From Rollo to William the Conqueror

The Norman Conquest

During the 10th and the 13th centuries, the glorious period of the Dukes of Normandy, the region began to gain some independence. Starting with Viking Rollo and then with William the Conqueror and Richard the Lionheart, who built castles, churches, abbeys and other architectural masterpieces, which would class Normandy as one of the richest provinces in the kingdom.

Normandy has always been a popular destination to discover the medieval landmarks and relics from the turbulent Middle Ages despite the 1000 years of history that separates the French and the English.

In Normandy you will discover the legacy of this fascinating medieval past and its sacred places.

2016 event

950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings

2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Norman invasion of England and William the Conqueror’s crowning at Westminster.

To mark this occasion, until December 2016, Normandy is stepping back in time as medieval festivals and events take place throughout the region. Medieval street markets, music, dance, theatre, reenactments, workshops, sound and light shows and special exhibitions will be held in many towns and villages associated with William the Conqueror and his momentous expedition.

Walk in William the Conqueror's footsteps

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