The Saxons win at Hastings

MarshallBudyonny

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Apr 2013
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Say the Saxons triumph on of the field of battle at Hastings and William's invasion is defeated and thrown back how would history have played out? Would there have been any major changes to English History? Would, say, the Tudors have even come to power?
 
Sep 2012
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London, centre of my world
I'm sure a similar thread exists somewhere, Marshall; however, the most important effect of the Norman conquest was that England's axis turned south, away from Scandinavia to mainland Europe.

So if the Saxons win, then England stays within the Norse sphere of influence/culture.
English (and British) history would be EXTREMELY different as a result.
 

Belgarion

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Jul 2011
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Australia
This is what I posted in the thread that discussed this:

'Harold Godwinson wins at Hastings, there is a more Scandinavian look to England. Perhaps he pursues a claim to the now vacant throne of Norway and unites the two countries under one ruler as Harald Hardrada had tried to do. Scotland, Wales and Ireland are absorbed into a new and powerful Scandinavian empire. French influence is mimimal.

Exploration proceeds at a rapid pace and North America is colonised. Trans Atlantic trade increases wealth and this powerful northern empire is a force to be reckoned with.'
 

Lawnmowerman

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Mar 2010
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Exploration proceeds at a rapid pace and North America is colonised. Trans Atlantic trade increases wealth and this powerful northern empire is a force to be reckoned with.'
That is an interesting possibility. It would probably mean a larger surviving native American population as well.
 

Lawnmowerman

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Mar 2010
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Earlier exposer to germs, which would still have a devastating effect on them, but they would be able to recover from it over the next 500 or so years. So when colonization begins in earnest (Still in the 1500's) they wont be so devastated by disease.
 

Mangekyou

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Jan 2010
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UK
Then England remains Saxon and all the English home countries, including Ireland would probably all be closer knit than they are today, but at the expense of continental influence.
 

Belgarion

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Jul 2011
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Australia
Why would they stand a better chance of surviving?
In addition to germ exposure, the Norse/Saxons would not have had the technological advantage that the later settlers did, thus forcing them to reach an accommodation with the Skraelings, as they called the native Americans, rather than using superior firepower to take what they wanted.