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Why did the Normans think it was necessary to fortify the welsh border?

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Why did the Normans think it was necessary to fortify the welsh border? In 1066 William had won the battle of Hastings and become the new King of England. Wales at the time was a totally different country and was enemy of England. Because both of the countries were enemies the border was a war zone. The reason that Normans did not like the Welsh is that the Normans felt that the Welsh would threaten the Norman Conquest. If the Welsh defeated the Normans it would bring a Saxon uprising and the Normans would have to fight the Saxons and could loose England. At this time the Normans were facing many problems. ...read more.


This rule had allowed the Barons on the Welsh border to have more power and have their own mini kingdoms and also urge them to capture land from the Welsh. These barons who were the most trust-worthy of the Barons were called the Marcher Lords. However, even though the Normans had these problems so did the Welsh. The Welsh hated the Saxons because the ancestors of the Welsh had lived in England but were driven out into Wales in the 5th century by the Anglo-Saxons. Wales was a very poor country compared to England and the land wasn't good for farming. The Welsh raided England at times for sheep and cattle etc. ...read more.


However, the Welsh were fighting to keep their own culture, language and religion, which were different to the people living in England. Wales were interested in Military training, commerce, industry and shipping. There were fierce Welsh ambushes and the Welsh were good at long wars whereas the English were good at open combat and shorter wars. In Conclusion The Welsh, long enemies of England attacked at the border many times. This is why the Normans had built castles all along the border to protect themselves and at the same time slowly the Barons would take over land from the Welsh. This way the Normans gained power and land. The Normans had used forts and castles to protect themselves and prepare soldiers. The Welsh were fighting because they didn't want to loose what they were left with. Shyam Bhayani History Coursework ...read more.

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