The Kids Rule! guide to the Norman Conquest

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! 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 Will to 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield to interview King Harold and William the Conqueror as the leaders prepare for battle. 

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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Two children reading Kids Rule! magazine

The Kids Rule! Guide to The Norman Conquest (Issue 1)

Read the Kids Rule! magazine online 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 series is designed to help you discover more about the past through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

Read Kids Rule Online

Things to make and do: get creative with our Norman themed activities

  • Colour your own Norman town

    Download this Norman colouring page to create your own version of our history timeline poster! Read through the introduction to the Norman Conquest and life in Norman England, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints.


    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.


    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!

  • More things to make and do

    Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!

Could you make it as a Norman knight?

You’ve been a squire learning how to be a knight for several years.  Today is your final exam.  Will you get knighted?  Good luck!

Take the quiz!


We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in a Norman settlement.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

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