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Author: Marc Morris
ISBN: 0091931452
Subcategory: Europe
Pages 464 pages
Publisher Hutchinson (June 4, 2012)
Language English
Category: History
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The Norman Conquest THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS AND THE FALL OF ANGLO-SAXON ENGLAND MARC MORRIS PEGASUS BOOKS NEW YORK LONDON To Peter: my prince Contents. The. Norman Conquest. The battle of hastings and the fall of anglo-saxon england.

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Ships from and sold by Senior Dog Rescue. I would recommend this book strongly to people who are into the Conquest or new to it. It's less rigidly sourced and argued than an academic paper, but more soundly constructed than a typical pop history book - it's kind of in between, offering the amateur enthusiast some analytical rigor while not boring him with pointless self-referential PhD-speak. It's comparable in quality and readability to the Frank McLynn book, "1066: Year of Three Battles", which in my opinion is the quintessential one-stop-shop learn-about-1066 book.

Marc Morris is an historian and broadcaster. A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain. He studied and taught history at the universities of London and Oxford, and his doctorate on the thirteenth-century earls of Norfolk was published in 2005. In 2003 he presented the highly acclaimed television series Castle, and wrote its accompanying book. Following the success of his biography of King Edward I (A Great and Terrible King, 2008), he has written a new history of the Norman Conquest. The Bigod Earls of Norfolk in the Thirteenth Century.

Excerpted from The Norman Conquest by MARC MORRIS. Excerpted by permission of Pegasus Books LLC. All rights reserved. He argues that the Norman Conquest was the most significant event in English history.

The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England. Morris explains why England was so vulnerable to attack; why the Normans possessed the military cutting edge though they were perceived as less sophisticated in some respects; and why William’s hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unraveled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions, and the insatiable demands of his fellow conquerors

This riveting book explains why the Norman Conquest was the single most important event in English history

This riveting book explains why the Norman Conquest was the single most important event 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 unravelled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions and the insatiable demands of his fellow conquerors.

Marc Morris, author of the bestselling biography of Edward I, A Great and Terrible King, approaches the . But as Marc Morris points out in this enormously enjoyable book, the Norman conquest was much more violent, complicated and ambiguous then we usually think.

Marc Morris, author of the bestselling biography of Edward I, A Great and Terrible King, approaches the Conquest with the same passion, verve and scrupulous concern for historical accuracy.

An epic tale, with violence at its heart, and a triumph of narrative history. The Norman Conqueststarts with the most decisive battle in English history and continues with dramatic rebellions and their ruthless suppression, eventually resulting in the creation of the English nation. The repercussions of the Conquest are with us still. The book begins with the Saxon kings, specifically Edward the Confessor, and shows how England was in constant conflict as the English fell prey to both Vikings and Normans. In the north, King Harold destroys his Viking namesake at the battle of Stamford Bridge but immediately has to hurry south to confront William of Normandy at Hastings. His defeat, and the destruction of the Anglo-Saxon warrior caste, leads inexorably to William's forceful occupation of an unwilling country, and this is the ruthless story Marc Morris tells. It is a drama crammed with intrigue, bloodshed and betrayal, featuring vivid, almost deranged characters: Edward the Confessor, who spurns his queen in their marriage bed to spite her family, even though it spells the end of his own dynasty; the heroic King Harold, the hero of Stamford Bridge and the last Saxon king, who perjures himself, betrays his brother and puts aside his wife in his bid for the throne; William the Bastard, later known as the Conqueror, who assembles the mightiest invasion fleet in the middle ages and after unexpected success almost destroys the country he has won.
As a complete novice regarding English history (especially around the time of the Norman Conquest) I thought I would give The Norman Conquest a shot. I was not at all disappointed.

Norris, like most good historians, does a great job getting the reader up to speed. He describes the pre-norman population structure of England of slaves, peasants, thegns, and earls. He charts a fairly thorough history of the early kings of England form Aethelred the Unready to Canute the Great to Edward the Confessor and ultimately William the Conqueror. What struck me (as someone completely new to English history) was just how incredibly unstable these Kingdoms were. Rulers would employ by necessity any and every means necessary to ensure that their reign was secure. But peasant uprisings, intrigue from jealous nobles or family, inconvenient raids from Norse warriors--made ruling during the time of the 1000s a most challenging affair. It was a cut-throat world of blinding and maiming your opponents and back stabbing your "friends".

William the Conqueror was not immune to such savage tactics (quite the contrary), and ultimately he had to result to "the harrying" to quell the frequent uprisings of the conquered English several years after the battle of Hastings.

Norris does well to get us acquainted with the times and figures of tumultuous turn of the millennium. What he does even better is he presents the often contradictory source material of the period and allows the reader to partake in his own internal evaluation of the accuracy of the accounts. He tells the reader why one chronicle may be more accurate in a particular instance and why another may be more accurate in another instance. In all of this however, Norris leaves room for a conversation--always allowing the reader to come to his own conclusions based on the evidence--which is great historical writing. There is nothing worse than a historian who props up his opinions and hunches as fact, and leaves it at that.

All in all, this is an enjoyable book of a time I previously knew little about. I might have preferred more battle details--tactics, maneuvers, fighting styles--while Norris focuses by and large on the political aspect of the period. But still, good book. Good historian.
I enjoyed this book very much. I prefer historical books to focus on the person, which this does, but not to the extent that historical accuracy is sacrificed. Morris brings out William's personality while staying true to the historical facts that are known. While Morris does make assertions, he looked at primary sources as well as other historians' interpretations based on the available evidence. Morris might state his preference for an interpretation, but at no time, did Morris not identify an interpretation as more than that. History is made by people, all of whom have an agenda; if historians don't take into account the personalities and personal lives of those who make it, true understanding of the events remain elusive, in my opinion. Morris strikes a very readable and enjoyable balance in this biography between the dry facts of dates, places, and numbers of soldiers, and the people who made the decision to start the battle in the first place. I learned a lot about the time period and the people from this book.
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History is replete with decisive battles, not only of individual wars but also of long-range consequences that echo down the ages. Think of the battles of Salamis, Tours, Manzikert, Sekigahara, Midway and so on. The battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066 may certainly be considered one of the more decisive in that, like the destruction of the Aztecs by Cortez in his return to Tenochtitlan, so the world of the English was similarly (if not so completely) ever the same.

Marc Morris has masterfully limned the time leading up to Hastings and it's aftermath. The battle itself is given one brief chapter but one of the more fascinating aspects of the book is its cast of characters. Despite the paucity of period documents these people come to life, including not only William himself but also Edward the Confessor, Harold II, bishop Odo of Bayeux, bishop Lanfranc and many others. Incredible women living in a male-dominated world also come to life: Emma, who managed to marry both King Aethelred (the 'unready') and King Cnut, and the formidable Gytha, mother of Harold II, who refused to accept the decision of Hastings and became a major thorn in the Conqueror's side by fomenting rebellion at every turn (losing most of her remaining sons in the process).

Morris manages to give a clear account of a confusing time: English politics prior to Hastings, William's success as ruler of Normandy, and a procession of Danish and Norwegian kings that threatened all of them throughout the period. The author judiciously considers the contemporary and post-Hastings chroniclers and while he displays a certain bias in favor of the Normans, the English are given fair treatment, and he is certainly sympathetic to them when he describes the horrific 'harrying of the north'. When possible, sources on either side of the conflict are presented , and other sources are cited to bolster or weaken the arguments of the partisans. I especially appreciated the author's consideration of the evidence contained in the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Morris manages a vast array of characters and also includes family trees that I found to be utterly indispensable.

This is narrative history at its best. Some may find the chapter on the Domesday Book to be heavy going, but I found his telling of the how and why of the genesis of the book to be interesting and persuasive. It is hard to see how this book could be superseded any time soon, if ever. If you acquire this book, you will be in for a treat.