The English Resistance: The Underground War Againt the Normans

The English Resistance: The Underground War Againt the Normans

by Peter Rex


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The English Resistance: The Underground War Againt the Normans by Peter Rex

In 1066 the English were conquered by the infamous William the Conqueror. However, the English did not just roll over and die before their oppressors; far from it. For over five years the English violently rebelled against the invading Normans, murdering quislings, burning towns and sacking cathedrals. Peter Rex tells the story of each rebellion, their often colourful leaders (including Hereward the Wake, Edgar the Aetheling and Eadric the Wild) and the rebels themselves, whom the Normans called 'silvatici' or forest dwellers. He also considers William's attempts at pacifying the English, especially his notorious 'harrying' of the North, which amounted to genocide. For those who thought it was all over with King Harold's death, this book reinforces the view that the English are not so easily overcome.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445604794
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Rex was Head of History at Prince thorpe College for twenty years. He was an acknowledged expert on Eleventh-century English and Norman history. Sadly, Peter Rex died in March 2012.

Table of Contents

1Three battles in one year11
2The occupation of southern England35
3Ruthless imposition of Norman rule53
4Repression, revolt and rebellion69
5The North in flames87
6The sack of Peterborough107
7The siege of Ely121
8The Hereward of history139
9Hereward in exile153
10The heirs of Hereward165
11The protagonists179
Maps and genealogies203
List of illustrations217

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