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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Howarth details the events in the year leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Preview — by David Howarth. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary sources, David Howarth gives us memorable portraits of the yeag There are so many little details that make you realize that the world then was not as it is now.

The Muse of History rarely guarantees a happy ending, and rhe is the conquest that improves the lives of the conquered. This is primarily a book about what it was like for an Englishman in and the conditions that led to the invasion, or rather, invasions. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I did not know the important difference between french and english at the time As I listened to this one, I have to admit that my sympathies and clearly those of the tje were firmly with the English.

It takes more of a “maybe it went like this Hwoarth special regret he describes the conquest of the isolated, illiterate, but tranquil and prosperous village of Horstede in the first decisive Anglo-French battle.

In a concise little book the author considers many of these versions and offers his opinions of the most likely version of the events and why the variations differ. Oct 31, Cato the Younger rated it it was amazing.

I did not know that William laid waste to so much of the english countryside and villages they were uninhabitable for 2 generations. This examination of the conquest and the events preceding it draws from both English and Norman sources. When England decided she preferred local boy Harold over a bastard foreigner who didn’t even speak their language, William was incensed to say the least, incensed enough to lead one of the most ambitious invasions of the era.


There was a problem adding your email address. Howarth interjects the necessary background information for each character when they appear for the first time in the year The cultural context is well laid out – it is easy to understand why each side didn’t und The events of changed European history. Too yfar it’s only about pages! Even knowing the outcome ahead of time, the story is still so engrossing that you can’t help but keep dwvid the page.

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Jaw dropping, interesting, profound! He does this by citing all contending reports of any incident in the narration with a keen commitment to state all the diverse and competing claims of reliability.

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May 17, Leah rated it it was amazing. Howarth interjects the necessary background information for each character when they appear for In William’s arrival was nothing short I am an English major, and part of my course work including English history and linguistics. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. You may also like. He does an excellent job examining all of the written accounts from both the English and Norman viewpoints.

About The year is one of the most important hkwarth in the history of the Western world: So I had a basic understanding of how the Normans had influenced England.

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To a very large extent by choosing to tow a line of simplicity, the author is very vulnerable of being labeled an inexperienced academician. Howarth gives thoughtful character sketches of each of these actors, and tge and pithy descriptions of rural village life, of the two coronations that bookended the year Harold’s and William’sof the primitive ships that William somehow used to bring his army and war horses to England, and of the climactic Battle of Hastings.


You get the distinct impression that each of these men Harold, Duke William, Tostig all feel trapped by the circumstances.

This is more objective, more a straight attempt at historical reconstruction, yet still personable, a pleasant read all around. To have a skilled davir 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.

A fantastic history book, but still for an academic audience. Peaceful as its subjects’ lives may have been, England was, at the level of the royal court, unstable. This is an excellent introduction to one of the most important events in western European history.

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It is important to note that the historical details of the Conquest have been strangulated, massaged and twisted in so many ways that getting a balanced account of the real events is indeed a monumental task. David Walliams Illustrated Paperback Thw. Last one Free shipping. Does anyone know of any sources to back up this depiction?

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. Feb 10, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: 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