1066: A New History of the Norman Conquest

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Amberley Publishing Limited, Apr 15, 2011 - History - 288 pages
A radical retelling of the most important event in English history - the Norman invasion of 1066. The Norman Conquest is the single most important event in English history. On this invasion and 'regime change' pivoted the second millennium of English history. This is well recognised, what is not is how long and hard the English people fought to deny William 'the Bastard', Duke of Normandy his prize. Rather than being the smooth transition peddled by pro-Norman historians, the Norman Conquest was a brutal and violent takeover by an army of occupation. Unknown thousands of rebellious thegns resisted the Norman regime, the most famous being Hereward, but there were plenty of willing collaborators among England's clergy, who pushed for William to be crowned king. In return he let them retain their sees and abbacies, as well as the vast tracts of land. Peter Rex tells the whole story of the Conquest of England by the Normans from its genesis in the deathbed decision of King Edward the Confessor in January 1066 to recommend Harold Godwinson as his successor, to the crushing of the last flickers of English resistance in June 1076.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Dawn Thursday 28 September 1066
Saturday 12 August to Friday 13
January
December 1067
xix
Christmas 1068 to Winter 106970
lxvi
Autumn 1071 to December
lxxxviii
King William Deals With Scotland
civ
Epilogue
cxxxi
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

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.

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