Arguably, David Howarth’s The Year of the Conquest is a succinct account of the major events that characterized the historic buildup to William the. The year is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: the year William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

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The Inferno by Dante AlighieriPaperback. King Harold He was the son of a kingmaker, who held no hereditary right to the throne, but who ths was given it by an almost democratic majority of lawmakers abiding by the apparent wishes of the previous king. It was probably inevitable that this many competing clai Howarth gives us more of a popular history than a scholarly history, but with plenty of references to the mostly Norman and French sources about the principals.

Then an omen struck the sky, a prophetic warning, a stirring of the wind that change was about to ensue. From this point he then skillfully articulates the viewpoint he thf more accurate, not all he provides a justification for the stance he takes. Still, I give them man credit. I do, however, totally enjoy and embrace xonquest fantasy that tthe Harold survived the Battle of Hastings and lived the rest of his life in a cave in Wales only to reveal his identity on his deathbed.

The Muse of History rarely guarantees a happy ending, and rare is the conquest that improves the lives of the conquered.


He also gives a clear picture of what daily life was like in the Middle Ages for nobles and villagers alike. Unlike other chroniclers, Howarth plays down William’s sponsorship by the enlightened Pope Hildebrand; instead he stresses the autocracy imposed to resettle Normans at the expense of thousands of English natives.


LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. View all 3 comments. He analyzes these sources, identifying their bias, but goes further than other authors in that he explains the reasons for the bias.

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Stay in Touch Sign up. He also gives us a wonderful glimpse of everyday life in the typical English village of Horstede both at the beginning and at the end of this fateful year. From the death of Edward the Confessor in early January to the Christmas coronation of Duke William of Normandy, there is an almost uncanny symmetry, as well as a relentlessly exciting surge, of events leading to and from Hastings.

There is a conniving, backstabbing brother. Howarth tackles questions like “why didn’t the English fight a series of battles against William rather than just pin all of their hopes on one single battle. The “off” amount and percentage simply signifies the calculated difference between the seller-provided price for the item elsewhere and the seller’s price on eBay. Howarth doesn’t really point to any other scholars of recent memory none close to when this was published in off England’s king died, another one was selected and the Duke of Normandy thought that the throne had been promised to him.

But how yb of us can place that event in the context of the entire dramatic year in which it took place?

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Trending Price New. If you ware interested in the Norman conquest of England this book is the best place to start. The Year of the Conquest,’ not only proved to be informative, but very interesting as well.

I read this for the first time in college for a medieval history class, and I remember really liking it.

Paperback David Baldacci Books. Howarth joined the Navy after the fall of France. The events of changed European history. Account Options Sign in. Show More Show Less.


It sounded like what had made ov big difference was the kind of leadership available during the howartu. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary sources, David Howarth gives us memorable portraits of the leading characters and their motivations. Great Book It’s a very well written book. There is a viking king, one of the last of his kind, making a last ditch stab at glory by attempting to seize York, the seat of power in northern England.

Harald is q So fantastically written, I easily could have read it cover to cover in one sitting.

Howarth doesn’t pretend to know the truth, but often ends with “I think or suspect” to make a point about larger motivations. The year is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: May 17, Leah rated it it was amazing.

Paperback David Sedaris Books. He clearly paints the picture of what life in England was like before the Normans arrived. Not so much Harald Hardrada, who saw this is a fine opportunity to plunder and perhaps steal half a territory. I feel as though I truly know the main characters of that year and could count them as friends.

I did just get back from Northern Europe where I saw archeological sites dating around that time; it’s possible I’m biased. Sep 06, C C rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Nov 23, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Sep 04, Jordan Hatch rated it liked it. This is not the most scholarly text on the subject, but it is one of the most enjoyable I’ve read.