William the Conqueror invades England, leading to major legal and political reform

On September 28, 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England from Normandy, France. After successfully conquering the country, William ushered in a series of political and legal reforms that still define the United Kingdom and its former colonies to this day, including, centralization of state power, a census, and the infusion of French and Latin into the language of the courts.

Learn more about William the Conqueror from Project Gutenberg.


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