The Year of the Conquest

Book - 1978
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The year 1066 is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: the year William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings and changed England and the English forever.

The events leading to-and following-this turning point in history are shrouded in mystery. Distorted by the biased accounts written by a subjugated people, many believe it was the English who ultimately won the battle, 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 kings: Edward the Confessor, Harold of England, William of Normandy, as well as the leading political figures of the time. Howarth describes the English commoners: how they worked, fought, died, and how they perceived the overthrow of their world from their isolated shires.
Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 1978, c1977
ISBN: 9780140058505
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Oct 07, 2016

I've read many - perhaps a dozen - books on the subject and this is far and away the best ......No spin from The Godwin's nor William cadre, just the facts - More is fit into this easy read of 200 pages than others @ 800. A history professor had me read it as and independent study and I keep trying but cant find a better. Period!

May 30, 2014

Howarth does a fantastic job wading through the Norman propaganda to try to get to the real story of 1066. He does a great job - while making clear his own thoughts, and letting the reader know what is fact and what is speculation. You can't help but feel terrible for King Harold, and wish that William had just stayed home. How different England might be today! Whether that is good or bad, we won't ever know. But we do know that the English suffered greatly under William, so it would have made a huge difference to them.


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