AP English History Notecards

  1. Harald Hadrada
    Scandanavian warlord defeated by Harold Godwineson
  2. Hastings
    Site of the Conqueror's greatest victory
  3. Geoffrey Chaucer
    His Canterbury Tales marks the birth of truly English Literature
  4. Henry II
    The father of the Common Law
  5. Harold Godwineson
    Lost England to the French at Hastings
  6. William Caxton
    The first English printer
  7. John I
    Forced by his barons to sign the Magna Carta
  8. Angevin Dynasty
    Name given to the descendants of Geoffrey of Anjou
  9. William The Bastard
    Duke of Normandy whose invasion made English history
  10. Richard I
    aka Coeur de Lion
  11. Thomas Becket
    There is no doubt this guy had brains -- it is just sad where they ended up
  12. Edward the Confessor
    Pious king whose death leads to the Norman invasion
  13. Bosworth Field
    Site of the climactive battle of the Wars of the Roses
  14. Sir Thomas Malory
    Authored Le Morte d'Arthur
  15. Henry VII
    Founded the Tudor Dynasty, ushered in the English Renaissance
  16. Oral Tradition
    Refers to the memorized poems and stories of a culture
  17. Domesday Book
    William's famous census for taxation purposes
  18. Richard III
    Last king of the Angevin/Planagenet dynasty
  19. Wars of the Roses
    Jousting between the Yorks and the Lancasters
  20. Edward Longshanks
    Hammer of the Scots, but Expeller of the Jews
  21. Scop
    The name given to the storyteller/bard in Anglo-Saxon times
  22. Caesura
    A pause in the middle of a line of poetry
  23. Nowell Codex
    The oldest known copy of the Beowulf manuscript
  24. Excalibur
    The famous sword in the stone from the Lady of the Lake
  25. Boccaccio
    Italian writer whose Decameron inspired Chaucer
  26. Alfred The Great
    Saxon king who held off the expansion of the Vikings in the 9th C CE
  27. Igraine
    Arthur's mother
  28. Gaels
    Settled in present day Ireland
  29. Jutes
    The 3rd of the Germanic tribes that invaded England after the Romans left in the 5th C CE
  30. Danelaw
    The part of England dominated by the Vikings at the time of Alfred
  31. Guinevere
    Arthur's adulterous queen
  32. Mordred
    Arthur's illegitimate son and mortal enemy
  33. Merlin
    Magician who aids Uther and Arthur
  34. Picts
    Settled in present day Scotland
  35. Duke of Cornwall
    Uther Pendragon's great rival
  36. Chretien de Troyes
    French Romance writer who popularized the Arthurian legends
  37. Cymry
    Settled in present day Wales
  38. Wessex
    West Saxons
  39. Romance
    Tales of knights and ladies
  40. Morgan le Fay
    Arthur's half sister
  41. Geoffrey of Monmouth
    English quasi-historian who wrote Historia Regum Britanniae
  42. Sussex
    South Saxons
  43. Venerable Bede
    Wrote An Ecclestastical History of the English People
  44. Lancelot
    The most skilled of the Knights of the Round Table, the lover of Guinevere
  45. Britons
    Settled in present day southern England
  46. Uther Pendragon
    The father of Arthur
  47. Kenning
    A name for a commonly used Anglo-Saxon metaphor
  48. Hadrian
    Built a wall
  49. Claudius
    The Roman Emporer who successfully invaded England in the 1st C CE
  50. Julius Caesar
    The Roman general who UNsuccessfully invaded Britannia c. 55 BCE
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