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The Norman Conquest

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Publication date4/08/2017
Host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain
EditorsSiân Echard, Robert Rouse
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages7
ISBN (print)9781118396988
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameWiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature


After briefly outlining the main events that comprise the Norman Conquest of England (1066 to c.1100), this essay addresses four questions: to what extent and in what ways did the Conquest transform the country; in what ways did it affect the production of high status literary texts; to what extent did the Norman regime produced licence and constrain literary expression; and how was the Conquest itself represented, criticised and defended in near-contemporary texts. The essay argues that Conquest created a literary sphere fraught with tensions that are typical of colonial societies.