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The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England (Paperback)
Though it looms large in history, information on the Norman invasion of England is sparse, the primary source being the Bayeux Tapestry, itself likely commissioned by William the Conqueror’s half-brother. Norris has attempted to recreate the events leading up to and immediately following the Conquest, using sources as close to the events as possible. With an absorbing narrative, he manages to use these oh-so-brief glimpses into a world almost ten centuries past to recreate memorable characters and complex events. Part narrative history, part historiography, and part investigative journalism, his fascinating tale sheds new light on the tangled early history of the English nation. ~ Tim— From Tim
An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought.
This new history explains why the Norman Conquest was the most significant cultural and military episode in English history. Assessing the original evidence at every turn, Marc Morris goes beyond the familiar outline to explain why England was at once so powerful and yet so vulnerable to William the Conqueror's attack; why the Normans, in some respects less sophisticated, possessed the military cutting edge; how William's hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unraveled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions, and the insatiable demands of his fellow conquerors.