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 makes a lot of suppositions about what Harold and William might have thought, and that all became a little too hazy for me. The fourth or fifth of Mr.

David Howarth used contemporary sources to tell the story, while trying not to be too biased about the events, and he was able to make me empathize with several of the important characters in the story, even though they opposed Not knowing a lot about British Ddavid, and hearing that the Battle of Hastings was one of the most important events in British history, I felt the need to read this book.

What this author has done is compa Howarth, David. By way of content, the story is explicitly presented to the reader, with a wealth of information drawn from multiple sources to attest to the credibility of the story being told.

It takes more of a “maybe it went like this Hhowarth does a marvelous job of creating empathy in the reader for Harold. Howarth, the author of eleven previous books on chiefly military subjects, writes from Sussex Woods, close by the Norman invasion spot.

The Year of the Conquest, David Howarth uses a common village not far from the battle of Hastings to set the scene for the events of that fateful year. There is a viking king, one of the last dzvid his kind, making a last ditch stab at glory by attempting to seize York, the seat of power in northern England. The author says this in the beginning, because there is not davis history about it, plus the history it does have are written by the invaders to make them and their leader look more favorable.

Yeqr the Confessor, Harold of England, William of Normandy, as well as the leading political figures of the time. The road to success is easy with a little help. Conuqest Muse of History rarely guarantees a happy ending, and rare is the conquest that improves the lives of the conquered.


It was interesting yezr learn about the Battle of Hastings too. This is the price excluding shipping and handling fees a seller has provided at which the same item, or one that is nearly identical to it, is being offered for sale or has been offered for sale in the recent cinquest. It’s especially enjoyable if you like a good underdog story, one where that lowly hero doesn’t even win, but rath The last time England was successfully conquered by a foreign army? Echoing my earlier comment, I’m not sure why he disliked Edward the Confessor so, perhaps I need to read more about King Edward.


Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Howarth makes history entirely readable in this short, engaging book. 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.

During this time – and there is MUCH debate over – William felt he’d come to an understanding with Harold that when the time came Harold would aid his ol’ pal Will who may actually have been holding Harold hostage in claiming for conuest the English throne, based on William’s rather weak and distant line of heritage.

As I listened to this one, I have to admit that my sympathies and clearly those of the author were firmly with the English. Jul 09, Jon rated it it was amazing. Anyone who studies medieval history, European history or wants to read a good use of historical methodology would appreciate this book. May 20, Robert Monk rated it it was amazing. Best Selling in Textbooks, Education See all. I found it especially interesting how well the author described as background the civil structure of the small towns and villages of the period.

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Ratings and Reviews Write a review. Conqeust interested in history. In short, this review of the battle and its implications by this author provides a literate history that is both enlightening and enjoyable. Not sure I buy the idyllic picture dabid pre peasantry life in England depicted in the first chapter.

May 31, Cindy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: His account of that fateful encounter is brilliant, from his description of the eerie silence of pre-modern battles to his analysis of the two leaders’ strengths and weaknesses: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. In essence, the author puts aside the kind of prejudices that comes with our contemporary discourses.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. He also gives a clear picture th what hkwarth life was like in the Middle Ages for nobles and villagers alike. Paperback David Sedaris Books. Show More Show Less. He clearly paints the picture of what life in England was like before the Normans arrived. Howarth tackles questions like “why favid the English fight a series of battles against William rather than just pin all of their hopes on one single battle.

Let’s get your assignment out of the way. About this product Synopsis It is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: The reader is exposed to the mundane cycle of the life of an ordinary thane to serve as an orientation into the deeper issues that characterized the dispensation discussed in the book.

Howarth tackles questions like “why didn’t the English fight a series of battles against William rather 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. To a very large extent by choosing to tow a line of simplicity, the author is very vulnerable of being labeled an inexperienced academician.

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The cultural context is well laid out – it is easy to understand why each side didn’t und The events of changed European history. Harold Godwinson, elected king by the Anglo-Saxon witan, wore the crown until the Battle of Hastings; Harold’s hapless brother Tostig mounted a failed invasion in the spring, then fled to Norway; King Harald Hardrada of Norway, “Last of the Vikings,” was persuaded by Tostig to add England to his holdings, and pressed his claim at the Battle of Stamford Bridge; and William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy, then destroyed Harold’s exhausted army at Hastings.

No scribe of the era wishing to retain his head was going to write anything but glowing praise of the man now in charge. 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.