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Welcome to the Kids Rule! guide to the Norman Conquest where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! We're taking a closer look at the Normans – here's what we've got in store for you:

Talking to King Harold and William the Conquerer

INTERVIEW WITH King Harold and William the Conqueror

We sent young Member and roving reporter Will to 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield to interview King Harold and William the Conqueror as the Saxon and Norman leaders prepare to go to war.

Watch the video to discover why Harold and William both thought they were the rightful heir to the English throne and how they planned to win the Battle of Hastings.

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Reading the latest edition of Kids Rule!

The Kids Rule! The Norman Conquest

Don't miss the latest issue of Kids Rule! magazine to learn about life in Norman England, discover our Norman sites and take our quiz to find out if you could make it as a chivalrous Norman knight.

This is the fourth in the series of Kids Rule! magazines following the history of England and designed to help you discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Reinvent yourself as King Harold or William the Conqueror to have your own Battle of Hastings with the help of our cool downloadable dress-up kit. For both King Harold and William the Conqueror, we've got a mask and beard, plus there's a handy sword to complete the look!

Once you're ready, don't forget to ask a grown-up to share your 1066 selfie with us! Use #EHmembership and tag @EnglishHeritage.

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When they weren't busy conquering England, building castles or conducting the Domesday Survey, the Normans loved a sweet treat just like us!

Download our recipe for Norman spiced date loaf and get baking with the help of a grown-up.

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In every issue of your Kids Rule! magazine we're giving away a free poster showing how people lived in England through the ages. If you missed the last magazine, don't worry as you can still get your hands on the previous posters.

Each of the posters will follow on from each other, allowing you to collect and create a mega timeline of English history! Don't miss the next poster of life in England's medieval monasteries, which is due to appear in the next issue of the magazine and here on the website in March.

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Illustration of an Anglo-Saxon settlement. Norman Settlement Poster

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