Definition of pre-Conquest in English:



  • Occurring or existing before the Norman conquest of England.

    • ‘A pre-Conquest church, St Saviour's was among those mentioned in the Domesday Survey or in other contemporary documents.’
    • ‘You may also like to explore the fictional pre-Conquest estate of ‘Wichamstow’, where you can find out more about the life and times of late Viking Age Britain.’
    • ‘A church of this name is mentioned in Domesday in a way that implies pre-Conquest existence.’
    • ‘One can trace land use from pre-Conquest subsistence agriculture through colonial commercial farming, ranching, and mining, to the indigo, coffee, and banana production of later eras.’
    • ‘Our view of architecture, for example, is distorted by the near-total loss of all wooden buildings and by the Norman destruction of all pre-Conquest cathedrals.’
    • ‘In pre-Conquest England, a small g with a different shape from the Continental letter was used.’
    • ‘Henry looked back to the golden days of the British imperial past, to the time of the Emperor Constantine and of King Lucius I. In fact, Lucius I had never existed - he was a myth, a figment of pre-Conquest imagination.’
    • ‘Imported objects in pre-Conquest contexts are very rare in this area of Britain, and - although some coinage may extend well back into the first century BC - the great majority of the hoards are very much later.’
    • ‘The bulk of episcopal revenues was derived from landed endowments, mostly of pre-Conquest origin, though additional income came from the possession of some parish churches and other sources such as markets and fairs.’
    • ‘Askrigg dates back to pre-Conquest days and grew as a trading centre as it lay just outside the boundaries of the old Forest of Wensleydale and was therefore exempt from the strict Norman forest laws.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the pre-Conquest Church of England had been an autonomous province of the universal Catholic Church under the king's authority as head.’
    • ‘However, recent excavations at Dublin and York have revealed playing pieces shaped like Arabic chess pieces, but with pre-Conquest style Scandinavian style decoration.’
    • ‘For some, the turmoil of the age was part of a longer historical continuum, the realisation of ancient pre-Conquest Celtic and English prophecies.’
    • ‘In pre-Conquest Winchester the favourite names were Godwine and Alwin; by 1110 they were Robert and William.’
    • ‘He certainly speaks less confidently about developments in the pre-Conquest period.’