The Norman Conquest
by Marc Morris
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A French duke arriviste who aims to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom of ChristianityAn invasion force on a scale not seen since Roman timesOne of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever foughtThis fascinating book explains why the Norman Conquest was the most important event in English history.Assessing the original evidence, each turn Marc Morris goes beyond the familiar outline to explain why England was both so powerful and yet so vulnerable to William the Conqueror’s attackWhy the Normans, in some respects, less sophisticated, possessed the advanced militaryHow William’s hopes of an Anglo-Norman kingdom elucidate, dotted by the English, the rebellions, the Viking invasions and the insatiable asks his companions of conquerorsIt is a tale of dramatic play, repression and seismic social change: the Battle of Hastings itself and the violence “Harrying of the North”; the sudden introduction of wholesale castles and reconstruction of all the greats of the church; the total destruction of a former ruling classLanguage, law, architecture, the same attitude towards life itself was changed forever by the arrival of the Normans.Marc Morris, author of the biography of Edouard I, Une Grande et Terrible Roi, approaches the Conquest with the same passion, enthusiasm and scrupulous concern for historical accuracy.It is the definitive account for our time of an extraordinary history, a pivotal moment in the construction of the English nation.
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