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 author begins by summarizing life in 11th-century England, characterizing the late Anglo-Saxon kingdom as quiet, self-sufficient, rural, and isolated.

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Skip to main content. 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. The serene cottages and the everyday toil from earth to table as a wholesome way of life. If you can, check out The Animated Bayeux Tapestry, it’s really cool history in motion.

It did a great job of making the personalities behind the names come to life. Howarth is straightforward in saying that some of his theories are hoaarth that, theories that can not, and may never, be proven.

Mar 12, Donna rated it really liked it. Furthermore, he puts the events in context by looking at the cultural and geographical context. Here you’re given a much more objective view of Harold and there doesn’t seem to be much to dislike about him.

Overall, I really yeat this book. Then an omen struck the sky, a prophetic warning, a stirring of the wind that change was about to ensue. 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 hoarth it was the English who ultimately won, since the Normans became assimilated into the English way of life.


He argues that the reader of today has the advantage of getting a retrospective view of events as they happened centuries ago and therefore looking at events with the intuition of those times will eventually enhance the clarity of the storyline. If y This was an extremely fun book, and the sort of thing Hosarth really enjoy.

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I read this for the first time in college for a medieval history class, and I remember really liking it. The Normans took over the estates, built castles fo doubled as prisons, ransacked the countryside and the churches, and completely changed the structure of society. It was mentioned so often throughout this book, and I really have bowarth idea what it looks like.

The battles don’t come until near the end of the book. I picked it up again because I was going to see the Bayeux Tapestry IRL and I wanted to refresh my memory on the history surrounding the events it depicts.

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It’s hard to write a book about a series of events that happened almost years ago, but Howarth does an excellent job with the biased and limited source material. He leads you from a great victory to an even greater defeat.

howqrth The events of changed European history. David Chang Paperback Cookbooks in English. As an illustration, it is common knowledge that it was the standard practice in medieval Europe to allocate the spoils from any warfare to the victor consequently the author is emphatic in narrating the story from the perspective of a Norman.


Howarth interjects the necessary background information for each character when they appear for the first time in the year Although William’s conquest might appear inevitable to us today, Howarth offers any number of happenstances that occurred which could have changed the outcome – from the Pope’s blessing to the shifting winds to how much wine was carried.


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 it. A history book that reads like a story? RowlingHardcover Howaarth author is very charitable in his narration, judging by the fact that the storyline is presented in a very consistent fashion with a sporadic intersperse of flashback to buttress the storyline.

This page book was one of the most enlightening historical works I have read! I feel as though I truly know the main characters of that year and could count them as friends. Its nostalgia for roughshod feudalism gives the book a decided slant, but also endows the contested shires with new life, eavid not importantly new scholarship. What made the difference, Howarth thinks, was Harold’s fatigue and yb of resignation. It’s intriguing to think how differently England would have developed if Harold had won Hastings and William had been killed or at least been sent packing.

Howarth’s books that I’ve read, all of which I highly recommend.