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My doctoral research explores the environmental history of eleventh-century Normandy in northern France in terms of its coastline and rivers, and the ways that people settled in, interacted with, utilised, and thought about these maritime spaces. Through the examination of a multidisciplinary suite of evidence, I will draw attention to the hitherto largely overlooked maritime communities of eleventh-century Normandy and will consider how they may have contributed their specialist environmental knowledge and experiences to the cross-Channel Norman invasion of England in 1066.
I suggest that a reconsideration of the available evidence, with the preparations in Normandy and the Channel crossing as the focus, highlights the central role of the maritime environment in the activities and decision-making processes of the Normans in the early months of 1066, and provides additional context for the place of maritime connections within the Anglo-Norman realm, that had the English Channel at its centre.

Working thesis title- 'Sailing to Conquest: Maritime activity and identity in eleventh-century Normandy'.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Environmental Humanities


  • Maritime activity
  • Environmental history
  • Normandy
  • Eleventh Century
  • Historiography
  • Norman Conquest


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