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The Normans

     In 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, brought an army across the Channel, defeated the Anglo-Saxons at the Battle of Hastings and was crowned as King of England in Westminster Abbey. In the years that followed, "William the Conqueror," consolidated his power and expanded the boundaries of his Kingdom. The Norman Conquest was a turning point in English history. Sooner or later, it affected every aspect of English life.

The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Battle of Hastings.

 Not content with conquering England, William invaded Ireland in 1125. Unlike the Romans, who looked upon service in England as temporary duty and soon returned to Rome, the men of William's armies adopted Ireland as their home.  Many settled in the East Leinster counties and eventually adopted the Irish ways, and some authorities state that "they became more Irish then the Irish themselves."