The Norman Conquest by Marc MorrisThis 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 or when. For these reasons, I’d only recommend the subject matter if you have a deep and abiding geek obsession with history, as I do. But if you want to know about the Norman Conquest of Britain, this is the most accessible book I’ve found.
How the Normans changed the history of Europe - Mark Robinson
The Norman conquest of England was the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by . Although Alexander did give papal approval to the conquest after it succeeded, no other source claims papal support before the invasion. The battle began at about 9 am on 14 October and lasted all day, but while a.
Norman Conquest , the military conquest of England by William , duke of Normandy , primarily effected by his decisive victory at the Battle of Hastings October 14, and resulting ultimately in profound political, administrative, and social changes in the British Isles. The conquest was the final act of a complicated drama that had begun years earlier, in the reign of Edward the Confessor, last king of the Anglo-Saxon royal line. Edward, who had almost certainly designated William as his successor in , was involved in a childless marriage and used his lack of an heir as a diplomatic tool, promising the throne to different parties throughout his reign, including Harold Godwineson, later Harold II , the powerful earl of Wessex. Amid this welter of conflicting claims, Edward from his deathbed named Harold his successor on January 5, , and Harold was crowned king the following day. From almost the beginning of his reign, Harold faced challenges to his authority. Harold was able to keep his militia on guard throughout the summer but dismissed it early in September, when he ran out of supplies and his peasant soldiers needed to return to their fields for the harvest. This left the south without defenses, exposing it to invasion by William.
To understand who the Normans were, we have to go back a little to In this year a rather large Viking chief reckoned to be so big that a horse could not carry him! Rollo became the first Duke of Normandy and over the next hundred years or so the Normans adopted the French language and culture. In Normandy Duke William did not agree with the voting of the Witan. William claimed that years earlier, Edward had promised the crown of England to him. In addition, he believed that he had strengthened his claim still further when in he had tricked Harold into swearing to support his claim to the English throne. More than a little annoyed, William prepared to invade.