In 1069 an uprising in Durham against William I spread to other parts of Northern England. William responded by sending troops into the north (from York up to Durham and across to Chester) and nearly every man, woman and child in that area was mercilessly slaughtered. Livestock was killed and the land contaminated with salt so that those who escaped the soldiers would instead starve in the brutal winter without food or shelter. It is estimated that over 100,000 people may have died.
The Harrying of the North, 1069 - After 1066 the region was suppressed, but also harnessed as a source of strength for England over the centuries. Despite the harrying, the DNA patterns of around 600CE are still, mostly intact. - Jórvík - Yorkshire
Now in paperback, the second novel in James Aitcheson’s breathtaking trilogy of the Norman Conquest of England sweeps readers into William the Conqueror's brutal campaign known as the Harrying of the North.
Voices of the Powerless, BBC production about the harrying of the North