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Campaigns of the Norman Conquest : Essential Histories - Matthew Bennett

Campaigns of the Norman Conquest

Essential Histories

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An introduction to the Norman Conquest, an event which would link the English kingdom with Europe, especially France, for 500 years. It completely changed the nation's aristocracy, church and administration, bringing in a new language and cultural influences. This was reflected in art and architecture too, especially military architecture and the castle. The Conquest has since been of enduring political significance: in the 17th century radicals spoke of the "Norman Yoke" on traditional English liberties, while 19th-century scholars debated whether it was "good" or "bad" for the nation's development. Today, the Conquest is still a hotly-debated issue, popularly regarded as the last time England was successfully invaded.

Introductionp. 7
Chronologyp. 9
Background to war: Danes, Normans and the English royal successionp. 12
Warring sides: Harold and William: the war lordsp. 16
Outbreak: Preparations and motivationsp. 24
The fighting: Two invasions, one conquestp. 35
Portrait of a soldier: Viking legend, English 'patriot', and two Norman earlsp. 61
The world around war: Politics, strategy, the Church and administrationp. 64
Portrait of a civilian: Three bishops: saint, architect and 'warrior'; and a queenp. 73
How the war ended: The Conqueror's reignp. 78
Conclusion and consequences: The English experience: law, culture and societyp. 81
Glossaryp. 91
Further Readingp. 93
Indexp. 94
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ISBN: 9781841762289
ISBN-10: 1841762288
Series: Essential Histories
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 20th May 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.9 x 17.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1