The Norman Conquest

The Norman Conquest

The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

Book - 2013
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A riveting and authoritative history of the single most important event in English history: the Norman Conquest.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2013
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
ISBN: 9781605984513
Branch Call Number: 942.021 MORRIS
Characteristics: 440 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 10, 2018

This book is a fascinating view into the history of William's quest to conquer Anglo-Saxon England in the 11th century. What follows is a highly complicated web of the political inter-relations, backstabbings, revenge killings, shifting alliances, and general chaos that swept over the land at the time of the Conqueror's coming. While being a bit dense to slog through, it is still a remarkable piece of historical research and investigation that gives us a sense of just how incredible that time was.

Aug 23, 2015

Excellent review of one of--if not the--most important eras of English history.

I have heard the Conquest described as the reason England developed culturally as part of Western Europe rather than Northern Europe.

The author brackets the period in the text, providing the context both before and after the event. In addition, he cogently assesses the source materials and clearly identifies their various biases and/or shortcomings. It's quite an interesting read.


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