1066: The Year of the Conquest
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. Book jacket.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rlangston - LibraryThing
A enjoyable overview of an important year of events, giving the background of the previous years as well. As other reviews have noted, light on academics but generally a good (if slightly biased) summary. Read full review
Review: 1066: The Year of the ConquestUser Review - Patrick Santana - Goodreads
There's a way Howarth writes history. It's not dry. It's not dull. But it is a bit like he's explaining things to a 12 year old. Reconstructing history from a period that kept few (or spotty) written ... Read full review