This article is about the Norman conquest of England in 1066. For the Normandy Invasion (D-Day) of World War II, see Operation: Overlord.

Scene from the Bayeux Tapestry, a famous primary source account of the Norman Invasion.

The Norman conquest of England (in modern Britain, often called the Norman Conquest or the Conquest, sometimes just the Invasion) was the invasion and occupation of England by an army of Norman, Breton, Flemish, and French soldiers led by the William, Duke of Normandy in 1066. William subsequently reigned as King William I of England.

Literary comment[]

The Norman Conquest is referenced in numerous Harry Turtledove works, but is germane to only a few of them.

Norman Invasion in Atlantis[]

Living in Hastings in the mid 15th century, Edward Radcliffe was aware of the history of the Norman Conquest. He often thought about how different things would be if William had been defeated by Harold, but did not express his musings, knowing that William's lineage was ensconced on the English throne in the person of Henry VI.

Norman Invasion in "The Pugnacious Peacemaker"[]

In the alternate timeline where Allister Park settled down, the Norman Invasion never happened. One result of this was that the English language remained a strictly Germanic one with no Latin influence.

Norman Invasion in "The Yorkshire Mammoth"[]

While a number of animal species, including the aurochs, the cave bear, and the dire wolf vanished from England, Wales and Scotland during the Roman occupation, several survived in Ireland until the Norman invasion.[1]


  1. Clarksworld #155.