William the Conqueror

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Tempus, Jan 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 287 pages
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William the Conqueror was a formidable personality, whose political imagination and ruthless will were the driving force of the Norman Conquest of England. In this biography, David Bates describes the full scope of William’s achievements in both Normandy and England, setting them firmly in the context of Europe in an age of change and turmoil. William showed himself to be an outstanding soldier and an extremely effective ruler, who combined great fortitude with an unbending insistence on his own authority. He was also cruel, greedy, and intolerant—a man who pitilessly stamped out opposition and shamelessly manipulated facts to justify dubious enterprises.

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User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

Reviewers on Amazon love this book. I'm interested because I'm reading "1066 The Year of the Conquest" by David Howarth. Howarth appears not to be objective in his portrayal of the William, so I was looking for another biography that wouldn't be terribly dense. Read full review

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User Review  - Ellis L. - Goodreads

Pretty good biography, though this is one person where one really needs to read multiple accounts. Read full review


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DAVID BATES is Senior Lecturer in Social Science at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and Programme Director in Politics. His research explores contemporary and classical Marxism, the sociology of class, the sociology of knowledge and the political economy of intellectual labour.

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