The Norman Conquest The Norman Conquest An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans One of the bl

  • Title: The Norman Conquest
  • Author: Marc Morris
  • ISBN: 9780091931452
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Norman Conquest An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought This book explains why the Norman Conquest was the single most important event in English history Full description

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    1. This book was both fascinating and difficult. The Norman Conquest was such a pivotal turning point in history, I wanted to try to understand how it happened. Morris does an excellent job sifting through the sources and trying to make sense of all sides of the drama. Unfortunately, as Morris points out, our sources are slim and biased. You can’t get a very good sense of the major players as living people. We can only speculate on their motives and feelings. We can’t even be sure what happened [...]

    2. I have, as yet, not managed to find a decent account of the Norman invasion that was both well written and informative. Morris has done an excellent job of both counts. The wonderful thing about this book is that there is a narrative thread, a real sense of an unfolding story. And having not really considered the politics of the period since I was a child, Morris managed to explain everything at a sensible pace without ever making me feel out of my depth in such unfamiliar territory. And the con [...]

    3. When I was in elementary school, I recall looking at an illustrated history book and seeing a picture of William the Conqueror. In the picture he was riding through an English town (London?) with his pointy steel cap, short red beard and grim face, broad shouldered as a linebacker. He had just won a battle, and Harold (I didn't even know Harold was a king), dead at Hastings with an arrow through his eye. I vaguely remember not liking William too much, and that Harold was kind of an unlucky good [...]

    4. Overall: a very detailed, and very conscientious history of the Norman Conquest of England (exactly what the title suggests…), with a hard look at the evidence, and an interpretation at points which I hadn’t seen before. Some room is made for small bits on architecture, and cultural aspects, but the focus is clearly on the lives of Edward, Harold and William, how they are tied to the Conquest, what actually happened and how it worked out. Biggest plus is how Morris brings the era to life thr [...]

    5. The Norman Conquest of 1066 was probably one of the most brutal colonisation of a Christian land by another Christian Country ever to have happened, or at least for several hundred years afterwards. Marc Morris chronicles the years leading up to 1066, putting character onto the various important figures involved during the late tenth and early eleventh Centuries. This includes trying to give insight into what was socially occurring in England prior to the invasion and what had gone before. Also, [...]

    6. An immensely enjoyable and informative book on one of England’s pivotal moments in history. Mr Morris presents the events in a readable way that binds the characters, their place in England, Normandy and wider to the lead-up to invasion and the events in medieval Europe that influence strategies and actions. For those looking for a work on the actual battle this isn’t the book; although its coverage whilst brief – in terms of the book itself – provided good insight and detail into what h [...]

    7. Morris has given us a thorough yet readable explanation of events surrounding the Norman Conquest with this well-researched work. With a detailed look at the years leading up to William's invasion through the ascendancy of Henry II, the reader is made aware of each nuance of English life that was affected by the arrival of the Normans.Morris has a brilliant style of writing that takes into account a variety of theories and tends not to more forcefully press with one than the evidence supports. H [...]

    8. Outstanding book by Marc Morris. "The Norman Conquest", offers the reader a fantastic overview on how England became what it is today. Using sources such as the Anglo-Saxon Chronical, The Bayeux Tapestry, and contemporary sources from both the Anglo-Saxon and Norman viewpoint, Mr. Morris weaves together a fine overview of the times. The book starts with the reign of Edgar in 959, and gives the reader a great overview of the English and Danish rulers of England prior to 1066. The real story picks [...]

    9. An extremely readable non-fiction that read almost like a novel, it was so entertaining. Marc Morris has meticulously researched and footnoted this fine book, although as a KindleUnlimited I would have to borrow again to utilize that feature.The Norman invasion is important to many of us to better understand where our customs comes from. My maternal grandfather's family came with the Normans to England and then into Ireland by 1250, this book shone a light on that era for me. I understand why my [...]

    10. Fantastic. As picturesque as the Bayeux Tapestry itself. Genuine pleasure to read (though bogged down a bit about 3/4 way though), plus superbly informative. Where historical sources or scholars disagree, Morris is a master tour guide through the material. Didn't need the extensive recapitulation in the last chapter--or. alternatively, read only that as a sort of study guide.

    11. This is a superb analysis which is extremely valuable for the footnotes. It contains some excellent words of caution on primary source material too. It is succinct and to the point.

    12. Considering the wealth of material available about the Norman Conquest, a book needs to be very special in order to stand out. Here, it was refreshing to recognize the Norman Conquest as something that did not end at the Battle of Hastings. In fact, Hastings was just the beginning of a tumultuous campaign to replace one ruling class with another, while subjugating a mutinous population. In fact, by the time Hastings is over, we aren't even halfway through the book yet.The first few years after W [...]

    13. The Norman Conquest by Marc Morris Starring William the Bastard (sometimes known as the Conqueror) Featuring The ever-popular Athelred the Unready Those dauntless, dazzling Danes: Cnut and Harthacnut That pious prince: Edward the ConfessorThe harried Highness: Harold II (also unready) That odious oligarch: Bishop/Earl Odo and a cast of thousandsThis is a highly readable account of the conquest of England by William , Duke of Normandy in 1066. If you are looking for a lot of hard facts, forget it [...]

    14. Narrated by: Frazer DouglasLength: 18 hrs and 9 minsUnabridged AudiobookA riveting and authoritative history of the single most important event in English history: The Norman Conquest.Description: An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought.This new history explains why the Norman Conquest was the most significant [...]

    15. The Norman Conquest by Marc Morris"An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought. This riveting book explains why the Norman Conquest was the single most important event in English history. Assessing the original evidence at every turn, Marc Morris goes beyond the familiar outline to explain why England was at once s [...]

    16. At one point in 'The Norman Conquest', writing about the Bayeux Tapestry, Marc Morris says; "No other source takes us so immediately and so vividly back to that lost time."I'll say exactly the same about this book.It really is an astoundingly well written and well put together book. Easily the Norman period's equivalent of Max Hastings' 'All Hell Let Loose' and Anthony Beevor's 'The Second World War.' For what it's worth, for me, that's the highest praise I can come up with. As with those two, t [...]

    17. What a masterpiece. I hope Mr Morris is well and truly proud of what he was able to do with this book, because he should be. He weaves a rich and textured tapestry (see what I did there?) of the eleventh and twelfth centuries in England. His main focus, yes, is the Battle of Hastings, which reconfigured the landscape (literally and figuratively) of the country, but the scope of his text goes beyond this one seminal event as well, exploring the periods before and after the Battle with equal dilig [...]

    18. 16 FEB 2014 -- purchased on the cheap from Barnes & Noble ($1.99). Many thanks B&N. Looking inside, there are maps and family trees which appeal to me so greatly, I may forget to read further (not a chance, the Battle of Hastings (1066) is an extremely important date in history). And, the cover is not done justice here. It is exquisite in-person (or, rather as in-person as my HD ereader will allow). I am thrilled!

    19. A very good overview of English history leading up to, during, and following the conquest with disparate historical accounts weighed against current evidence. The stories told of the men (and often forgotten women) are compelling, and provide a great picture of a very important turning point in English history.

    20. A Duke – an Abbot – and a Horse:I have yet to write my review on the highly acclaimed Dr. Bates academic biography of Duke William but this book will allow you to find the pleasure of History here much different from Marc Morris. Morris introduces us first to the results of Viking conquests prior to William with King Richard II (grandfather to William) and his son Robert (William’s father.) This is in chapter 5 entitled “Holy Warriors.” Within one small section of this chapter, it is h [...]

    21. When William the Conqueror was only 19, he fought off a threat to his life and began to win great victories. He may have been a great leader and fighter, but it is lucky that Prince William isn't anything like his namesake, because he was apparently rather cruel and inhumane. The Normans wrought a wave of destruction throughout England, according to this book, even carrying out a 'scorched earth' policy that caused a terrible famine in the north and killed thousands of people. They disinherited [...]

    22. This is a really enjoyable history of the Conquest, although it’s fairly scholarly, and not a light read. Morris begins with the death of the viking king Cnut, who ruled England for almost 20 years, then describes the path by which Edward the Confessor becomes king, and leads to the reasons why William of Normandy might feel he had a claim on the throne of England. Then the story of the Battle of Hastings, followed by two decades of struggle between the English and the Norman occupiers. The na [...]

    23. Hands down, the best popular account of what it says in the title on the bookshelves today. What makes this so good is Morris's brilliant balancing of a consideration of the sources with the narrative imperatives of telling the story of what actually happened. That he does this so masterfully is shown by the fact that, until it was over and I was thinking back over it for the purposes of writing a review, I didn't even realise just how he'd pulled off the hardest trick of writing history: embedd [...]

    24. An utterly incredible retelling of the Norman Conquest which balances both pro-English and pro-Norman accounts of the famous event. Marc Morris is an extremely talented historian, storyteller, and researcher. This book is the defining volume of the most famous and important event in English history. Well done Marc!

    25. Absolutely fascinating. A perspective you've never seen before of one of the most crucial events in British history. Morris writes flawlessly and in detail, making what could seem insignificant suddenly central to your understanding. Really made me realise how little I actually knew about a period I thought I understood. And brilliant to read.

    26. Very readable and even gripping, with a nice dose of snark, but still erudite. The best way to learn history!

    27. The Norman Conquest is one of those seminal moments in English history - the BC:AD of English history, one might almost say. Everything that came before 1066 is almost another country, another England, as if the country we know as England only really came into being with the Conquest. You only have to look at the number of English history books that skate over the pre-1066 years in a few pages and only really begin to focus in with William the Conqueror - 'dinosaurs, cave men, flint arrows, wear [...]

    28. The Norman Conquest is more than another account of 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. This is a well researched, scholarly look at the century of build-up, the conquest and the century that followed. Morris draws on hundreds of sources, though the primary sources are the Bayeux Tapestry, The Domeday Book and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. Morris also refers to multiple contemporary accounts written by monks, scholars and chroniclers both continental and English. Thus, Morris presents a broad, well d [...]

    29. Excellent overall study of the events leading up to, during and after the Norman Conquest of England. An acknowledged neophyte on this subject, I learned quite a bit and appreciated the author's frequent pauses to critically assess the accuracy of source documents and the motivations of the various writers. The narrative moved crisply throughout and the author's prose was clear and very readable.The adherence to a linear timeline caused this reader a few moments of confusion. With the large cast [...]

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