Was 1066 a Turning Point?

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Was 1066 a turning point?

In my opinion, 1066 was not a turning point: William used so many systems to prove his authority and dignity to his Country. In the end, he made himself richer but less popular; and the vilains (peasants) poorer and made their daily life a struggle.
After 1066, William was announced the King of England and the superior ruler of democracy. Right from the beginning of William’s reign, he set up the Fedual System-which was a way of showing the rankings of people. The higher you were on the Fedual System, the wealthier you were and the more significant you were. For example, the vilains were always at the bottom because they were less important than the groups of people above them. However, the vilains worked harder, and were responsible for all the crops and food for England.
In addition, William made himself more affluent by creating the Doomsday book. You may wonder, ‘What is the Doomsday book?’ .Well, it was a way of recording the amount of taxes the people of England owed King William. Also, it was a way of seeing how much people had – in the terms of their land; wages and even the amount of people they had in their family. The previous King (King Edward) was a generous and kind hearted man who was not concerned about his wealth but cared for others and funded health projects and supported the sick. But William has done the complete opposite; he has overly charged the poor and taken advantage of his power.
On the other hand, William has defended England and securely disciplined the crime. To look after his country, William built sturdy and robust castles to keep out unwanted visitors and to protect himself. This was the clear view of the selfishness of William. Regularly in battles, he would often hide inside his castle so he wouldn’t be killed. William was a noble man and did not like to be reflected to his country. In order for…...

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