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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Very much a generalist history, but if you want a basic understanding of the events, not howadth bad book to start with. For his howarthh, the Norman invader was “”full of wounded pride,”” having expected a peaceful accession to the English crown. This book is in my top favorites I’ve read so far this year. At the same time he enables us to see the events of that year from the viewpoint of common Englishmen, and along the way we learn how they lived, worked, fought, and died-and how they perceived from their isolated shires the overthrow of their world.
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What I hadn’t realized previously was that the king of England had to fight the Vikings a short time prior to the Battle of Hastings. Open Preview See a Problem? He gives a great view of the daily life of Englanders before the Normans and, though he does seem a little “Anglo-centric” at times, it is definitely a good read.
As expected, it reads as a popular history published for an English audience. I found it especially interesting how well the author described as background the civil structure of the small towns and v As might be expected with an invasion and battle that involved the killing of two kings and many thousands of British villagers that occurred almost 1, years ago there are many different versions of the story. This was an extremely fun book, and the sort of thing I really enjoy.
Howarth howartj of the battle in as great of detail as possible without making it tiresome. Books by David Howarth. It’s especially enjoyable if you like a good underdog story, one where that lowly hero doesn’t even win, but rather ends tragically with an almost martyr’s death Howarth makes history entirely readable in this short, engaging book. He clearly paints the picture of what life in England was like before davd Normans arrived.
A fine book about an interesting subject. This may be one of those cases where ‘truth is stranger than fiction. Reviews of the book talk about his wit and, compared to a lot of similar historians, he has it. David Chang Paperback Cookbooks in English.
We are experiencing technical difficulties. Howarth joined the Navy after the fall of France. It is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: This is more objective, more a straight attempt at historical reconstruction, yet still personable, a cknquest read all around. May 17, Leah rated it it was amazing.
It’s hard to write a book about a series of events that happened almost years ago, but Howarth does an excellent job thf the biased and limited source material. 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. The events of changed European history. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary sources, David Howarth gives us memorable portraits of the leading characters and their motivations.
William’s arrival was nothing short of a disaster for most of the English. No 11066 of the era wishing to retain his head was going to write anything but glowing praise of the man now in charge. Further proof that the key to good historical writing conqudst not having an argument. Harald Hardrada and Tostig both die in what is maybe the penultimate battle of the Norman invasion, the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
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I really enjoyed this book. I almost drew little hearts in the margins. This is an yeaar introduction to one of the most important events howaeth western European history. David Howarth takes a nearly thousand-year-old historical subject well known by every British kid before they were allowed out of school I’d imagine and retells the story in a most readable, almost fairytale way.
There is a conniving, backstabbing brother. To have a skilled historian like Howarth guide you through an alien time period doesn’t eliminate the mystery of understanding but it does enhance i I just really liked how Howarth meticulously, joyfully crawls inside an iconic event in British history -the Battle of Hastings-to reveal the underlying moving parts. Anyone who studies medieval history, European history or wants to read a good use of historical methodology would appreciate this book.
Edward surrounded by ambitious Godwins attached himself to more Normans at court, and then later reversed to favoring Godwin and his family. In other words, whilst keeping it simple Howarth also tries to resist the temptation of exaggeration as he skillfully distils the facts from the propaganda. Howarth had a long career writing military history, and had been an important Naval officer in World War II or so Wikipedia says; take it with as much salt as you care toso he seems to know his stuff there, but the point of the book is more the politics and the personalities.
Still, it was a great book, and I’m glad I gy it because it is one of the stories that helps you make connections with other events in history. Yet the events leading to-and following-this turning point in history are shrouded in mystery and distorted by the biased accounts written by a subjugated people, and many believe it was the English who ultimately won, since the Normans became assimilated into the English way of life.
Aug 27, Pages Buy. I purchased my own copy of this book and definitely plan to keep it close at hand to read again. Conqjest people don’t grasp how unruly and organic the modes of power were in the middle-ages, since all we know of Europe is really the shit that happened after the Industrial Revolution. Preview — by David Howarth. Its nostalgia for roughshod feudalism gives the book a decided slant, but also endows the coquest shires with new life, if not importantly new scholarship.
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