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1066: The Year of the Conquest


While the date 1066 is familiar to almost everybody as the year of the Norman conquest of England, few can place the event in the context of the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.667

Good But Not Great

by badgerbiff on Apr 17, 2012

Basic review of 1066 but I was looking for a bit more information. Did not feel there were any errors but lots of guesses & suppositions. A "bare bones" basic historical presentation, but will look for books with more "meat" in them. I was truly hopinig for more!

Judy C

1066 from a different perspective

by Judy C on Jun 23, 2011

Most of us got about 2 paragraphs in history books about William the Conqueror and Battle of Hastings. I thought he was just one more marauding barbarian driven blindly by need for conquest and booty. Not so. This wonderfully readable book reveals the story behind William of Normandy and the fateful year of 1066. He had a long history with King Edward and his successor King Harold and believed he was the rightful heir to the throne. The best thing about this book, however, is the picture it paints of the ordinary Englishman's life and that time. An appreciation for the trials and tribulations of our ancestors gives me a much fuller appreciation of my life and the endless tenacity of living things to continue despite incredible odds.


Enjoyable writing style

by jameso5491 on Jul 10, 2008

Unlike many historical authors, David Howarth is a writer who manages to hold interest while giving you historically accurate accounts and rounding out the flavor of the times. I sometimes struggle reading real history but I believe that has much to do with the way the material is presented. Having read a number of books about the Norman Invasion I can honestly say this was a most pleasurable experience. Great job Mr. Howarth!

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