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1066: The Year of the Conquest

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It is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: 1066, the year William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings and changed England and the English forever. Yet the events leading to-and following-this turning point in history are shrouded in mystery and distorted by the biased accounts written by a subjugated people, and many believe it was the English who ultimately won, since the Normans became assimilated into the English way of life. Drawing on a wealth of ...
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Overview

It is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: 1066, the year William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings and changed England and the English forever. Yet the events leading to-and following-this turning point in history are shrouded in mystery and distorted by the biased accounts written by a subjugated people, and many believe it was the English who ultimately won, since the Normans became assimilated into the English way of life. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary sources, David Howarth gives us memorable portraits of the leading characters and their motivations. At the same time he enables us to see the events of that year from the viewpoint of common Englishmen, and along the way we learn how they lived, worked, fought, and died-and how they perceived from their isolated shires the overthrow of their world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140058505
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1981
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 197,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
England - New Year's Day
Death of a King - January 4
Coronation - January 5
Rouen - January 10
The Comet - April 18
Normandy - Spring
Norway - Summer
North Wind - August 10-September 12
York - September 20-25
The English Channel - September 28
The Challenge - October 3-13
Hastings - October 14
London - Otober 15-December 25
England - New Year's Eve
Sources and Acknowledgments
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    Battles that altered the course of history

    While a previous reviewer may or may not be correct in deciding that Howarth is an unskilled writer, I can tell you this. While I relate somewhat in having been born and raised not far from Hastings in England, I dropped History in high school because it bored me much of the time. Having what I considered a terribly dry history teacher certainly could not have helped. Yet when I picked this book up in a Barnes & Noble in Michigan I read the first 3 pages and realized I had to buy it to finish it. Which I did, and very easily too. This book has the all the elements it needs to put you there, and I think much of it could be turned into a movie of epic proportions and still remain fairly accurate.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2002

    Informative and Easy to Read

    I found the book to be historically informative concerning the events leading up to and including the invasion. Howarth presents enough detail to feed a mind hungry for historical knowledge while avoiding unnecessay minutia. I enjoyed the book so much I began a further quest for knowledge of medieval rulers. I would recommend you have a map of England handy when you read the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2007

    Non fiction reads like historical fiction

    I enjoyed this information so much I carried it with me. I ran to it like I do a good historical fiction. It is short and full of the most likely interpretations and it isn't burdened with the less likely opinions or possibilites. David Howarth's brings all the characters to life and I was interested in everyone. And I found the ancient military tactics fascinating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    One of the great historians

    I can't believe I'm the first to write a review of this book. David Howarth was a genius at making history interesting and fun without dumbing it down. Learn how England went from an egalitarian monarch (with democratic "moots") to a conquered land invaded by Vikings by way of France. A turning point in history that a young J.R.R. Tolkien argued against in a cheeky debate while he was a schoolboy. What if poor King Harold hadn't been shot in the eye at the Battle of Lewes? History changes on a dime.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    A good overview of the conflict

    I picked this book up because of my interest in the Norman conquest of England and wanted to know more that what your world civilization college history class would offer. I have always had a keen interest in history and this book added to my interest in this time period. It was a great overview and made some real good points. David Howarth did a good job describing the events of that year without going into great detail. Overall it was a good read and recommended to people who have interest in the conquest and not looking for something too wordy.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    A Very Good Summary

    Howarth does a fine job of telling the human story behind the Conquest. He does not try to put 20th century motivations into individuals living in the 11th century. It is eye-opening to read of the chaos as the claimants for the English throne struggled for the prize, The writer is honest about his own sympathies and that adds even more humanity to what could have been a dry account.

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