about this session
Key stage 4 | Subject: History | Topics: Normans | Session Type: Depth study
Once you’ve conquered, what happens next? Charting the arrival and influence of the Normans in England, this session focuses on William the Conqueror's mighty fortress: the White Tower.
Students will examine both documentary evidence and the building itself to consider the roles, functions and symbolism of the White Tower in Norman England. Through the exploration of themes of conquest, control, society and the Church, students will debate what the structures the Normans left behind can tell us about the people who built them.
- Explore how the various roles of the White Tower reflect the different methods used by the Normans to maintain power in England.
- Study primary evidence in context to explore how it creates debate and contrasting arguments about history.
Exam board links
This session has been designed to complement the study of the Normans, and particularly the following exam boards:
- AQA, Paper 2: Shaping the Nation, Section B: Norman England, c.1066-c.1100.
- Edexcel, Paper 2: Period study and British depth study B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c.1060-88.
- OCR B, Component group 1: British Depth study: The Norman Conquest, 1065-1087.