>>18697 The British Empire would not have existed where it not for the Norman conquest.
>brought true fuedalism to the still semi tribal Anglo Saxons >truly entrenched interest in the Roman Empire in English nobility, leading to much of the inspiration for British Imperialists >expanded the English language greatly >seizure of the throne by William I and integration of Normandy into the K. of England led to the Hundred Years War, therefore causing the rivalry between France and England that survives to this day
Both Before Normans the English were just Anglo-Saxons. They were germanic, did not use horses, had a loose feudal system that had early forms of representation. That would later reappear as the Parliament The Normans who were frenchified northmen introduced french, and thereby more Latin, forms of feudalism with your classic dukes and barons. Big castles, horses, chivalry, all that good stuff. It also would fuel the blossoming french-english relationship as sharing a land border would. But yeah William the Conqueror also killed a bunch of rebels and burned some houses However he was the last to have the privilege of getting to conquer/invade England, kill a bunch of pesant men then rape the widows He was what, the forth?
Personally, I think the links the Normans made between England and the French crown were ultilatemyl beneficial for England. That said I'm aware the normans destroyed one of the most developed literary traditions in Europe and I'm sure it was awful for the English language itself.
>>18697 William was able to use his large prestige to increase crown authority and implement primogeniture. His high martial score helped to hold down any revolts, and whilst his actions in North England cost him piety and a small by permanent hit to general opinion, it ultimately reduced the chance of revolt risk.
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