What was the reaction of the peoples of England to the Norman invasion?

At the time of the catastrophic development of events, the struggle of the Anglo-Saxons against the Danes was led by King Alfred of Wessex, who was later named the Great (871–899). He was an educated man and invited learned monks from other parts of Europe to England; at his direction, the first general English collection of laws was compiled. At first Alfred was defeated by the Danes. He and his troops had to take refuge in the forests and secretly gather military forces. Along with the militia of the peasants, Alfred created a cavalry army. For defense against the Danes, he built fortresses, built a navy to prevent the landing of enemies on the coast. Alfred stopped the onslaught of the Danes and threw them across the River Thames, liberating London. Under Alfred’s successors, the Anglo-Saxons subjugated the local Danes, and England united into a single state.

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