How Norman rule reshaped England – England is indelibly European
THE Norman conquest of England, led exactly 950 years ago by William, Duke of Normandy (“the Conqueror”), was the single greatest political change England has ever seen. It was also very brutal. The Anglo-Saxon aristocracy was stripped of its assets, and many of its members suffered the humiliation of being forced to work on land they had once owned. Even today, conquest by the French is still a touchy subject in some circles. Continue reading
The UK has marked the start of 2017 with a spectacular firework display and a declaration that “London is open”.
Tens of thousands gathered on the banks of the Thames to watch the display immediately after Big Ben sounded its midnight chimes.
New Year events across the UK went ahead under tight security, following lorry attacks in Berlin and Nice. Continue reading