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Did you know?
William is called Guillaume in France! Some English names have a French equivalent: Stephen becomes Étienne (Esteban in Spanish). And nicknames are used too: Prince Harry’s official name is Prince Henry! What else do you know about Britain?
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Exercice 1 : Before the Normans…
Describe each drawing.
Try and guess the dates of each period.
Look for 3 other key periods in British history and create a timeline.
The Normans killed King Harold. But how did he die? Some say that he was killed by an arrow to the eye, or hacked by a Norman knight. When Harold died, the battle was over.
On 5 January 1066, King Edward the Confessor died.
Harold Godwinson went to Normandy. Harold's ship landed in Ponthieu, north of Normandy, the land of the fierce Count Guy. Count Guy's soldiers captured Harold.
On 14 October 1066, the Battle of Hastings began. The air filled with arrows and lances. The English soldiers, who were all on foot, protected themselves with a wall of shields. The lower border of the tapestry is filled with dead and injured soldiers.
William decided to attack England.
When did the Battle of Hastings take place? Did Harold die during the Battle of Hastings?
What did the Normans wear? Did the Saxons hold weapons?
Simple past questions
Observe: When did the Battle of Hastings happen? When was William’s coronation?
Think: Spot the verb and the auxiliaries. What is the difference?
Practise: Ask your classmate questions about what he / she did yesterday.