(PDF) [The Norman Conuest] ¾ Marc Morris


The Norman Conuest

summary The Norman Conuest Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download characters The Norman Conuest ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB An upstart French duke who sets out to conuer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom An invas. When I was in elementary school I recall looking at an illustrated history book and seeing a picture of William the Conueror 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 guy I confess to this day I don t know much about the battle of Hastings actually no one does and the events surrounding it beyond those early impressionsWell that has now changed For example Harold was hardly a good guy His family the Godwinsons was a grasping often vicious bunch that had been holding the previous king Edward the Confessor as practically a hostage king But Edward future saint was no fool and he briefly was able to kick the Godwinsons out of power During this window of time Edward it is speculated made his offer of the throne to William Actually as histories go this particular book contains a huge amount of authorial speculation However Morris is up front about it Early on he concedes as something of a warning that the sources historians have to draw on can fit onto a short book shelf In this case Morris relies on the Anglo Saxon Chronicle a few other histories that can probably seen as partly pro Norman propaganda and of course that marvelous piece of art the Bayeux Tapestry itself a piece of propaganda As a result Morris is often forced to speculate about what was going on That said Morris does his best to guide you through the events that led to William s invasion of England which in itself given the state of warfare at that time was a highly unusual and risky gamble It could have failed It should have failed But Harold was racing up and down England trying to stave off other threats to his new kingship so that by the time he met William in battle his troops were exhausted Even then the battle was a close thing By the way the arrow in the eye bit may not have happened That story uite possibly may have been circulated to downplay the fact that Harold s body was mutilatedThe uestion of how Harold died touches on larger things At the time of Harold s death Chivalry was gaining on the continent The contrast between the English blood feuds and the Normans mercy is stark Time and again given the repeated rebellions and betrayals by the same people I kept wondering why William just didn t start cutting off heads But in Chivalry appearances matter And in William s case in trying to subdue a foreign country appearances were necessary for any eventual assimilation Oh William was capable of great brutality eye gouging hands and feet hacked off artificial famines that killed thousands but he always seemed reluctant to actually execute the leaders of the various rebellions Also wrapped up in this story is that it coincides with the reform movement in the Catholic Church as well as the waning of the Danish Vikings threat William was a tough soldier but he was also fortunate due to the breaks of history Morris juggles all of this wonderfully at least until the end when he discusses the Domesday Book A necessary discussion I know but boring as hell given the contrasting drama of the preceding chapters Nevertheless I came away from this book with a greater understanding of what makes the English English

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summary The Norman Conuest Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download characters The Norman Conuest ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ver fought This book explains why the Norman Conuest was the single most important event in English history. Overall a very detailed and very conscientious history of the Norman Conuest 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 Conuest what actually happened and how it worked out Biggest plus is how Morris brings the era to life through the use of sources however difficult that may beMorris himself starts by telling us in the introduction how scant the sources for this era are This is borne out by the narrative When we next encounter Harold however he is riding towards his manor of Bosham on the Sussex coast He has a meal with his friends takes a ship out into the English Channel and somehow ends up as the guest of the duke of Normandy 109 Earl lfgar was banished but soon returned with the help of Gruffudd says the D Chronicle of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle It is tedious to tell how it all happened 107 The Anglo Saxon Chronicle begins its account of the year 1082 with a startling thunderbolt In this year it says the king arrested Bishop Odo Having startled us however the anonymous author our only contemporary informant leaves us entirely in the dark adding only and in this year there was great famine before moving on briskly to deal with the events of 1083 300 Sometimes the sources are non existent sometimes they do exist but are biased one way or another Morris manages to find a path here that I found credible and engaging At no point did I feel the need to second guess his conclusions especially since he s always uite frank about why he takes a certain path and clearly states when he s speculatingSometimes Morris seems to take a light tone for instance when he says The King of England meanwhile had discovered he had a long lost nephew 94 or Not long after the founding of St Stephen s William received the exciting news that Harold Godwineson had landed on the north French coast Harold s Continental adventure is one of the most celebrated episodes in the story of the Norman Conuest 112 Honestly it sounds a bit like Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure but it s not unwelcome A bit rambling so not the best review ever but the book comes highly recommended

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summary The Norman Conuest Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download characters The Norman Conuest ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles e. 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 happened or likely occurredWhat I liked was the author s insight into the wider story of the conuest both before and after where he uses contemporary sources to inform ualify and most interestingly articulate why a chronicler or source takes the view or interpretation they do I found Mr Morris an informative and highly knowledgeable companion through this journey who was able to add his own comment or suggestion to events or sources The period up to the conuest both in England and across the channel and North sea is complicated with many players alliances and plans Mr Morris steers a path that for this reader was easy to understand in terms of those many names and events that influenced politics territorial claims and military actions The reigns and actions of Cnut and Edward the Confessor were well covered and although as the author states sources are not many I hope he tackles these kings in a future bookOnce the invasion has taken place and the conuest is in full flow the book provides great insight into the resistancerebellion and tactics the Normans used to uell educate build and tax their way to signal lordship The building of castles and the advancement of new government and Normanisation is covered as the reader learns of the freuent calls on William s time in Normandy and how and who managed the new kingdom in his absence I was also intrigued to see that whilst the Normans were no gentle occupier they did not conduct political assassination nor undertake slavery unlike the English who did both in spadesAs we approach the twilight of William s life and reign we see how power was challenged lost regained and nominated or not The invasionconuest brings with it the Domesday book and the author s coverage and explanation is good indeed It also kicks off the monarchical numbering that EnglishBritish kings and ueens adopted thereafter and we all know Edward I Henry VIII Charles I George III Elizabeth II etc and instigates that direct line to Magna Carta and onwards of which the author s new book on King John should be an enjoyable read based on this offeringI read the Windmill Books paperback edition 2013 which was beautifully illustrated with colour photos of tapestries money boats and buildings This helped the story and the publisher deserves credit for this uality There are also useful familylineage trees to guide the reader through the connections by marriage and birthIn summary this is a book that illuminates the key characters brings you closer to the events they influenced or battled against and that led to England s most important and influential invasion It will whet your appetite for

  • Hardcover
  • 464
  • The Norman Conuest
  • Marc Morris
  • English
  • 05 January 2019
  • 9780091931452

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    Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ Marc Morris summary The Norman Conuest This book was both fascinating and difficult The Norman Conuest 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

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    summary The Norman Conuest Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ Marc Morris ”I have taken England with both my hands”Remark after William of Normandy stepped off his ship on the coast of England and fell into the sand 28 September 1066 William the Conueror1066 is a meaningful date in history that should resonate with most people from their school days It is of course the date of the last succe

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    characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ Marc Morris Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download (PDF) [The Norman Conuest] ¾ Marc Morris When I was in elementary school I recall looking at an illustrated history book and seeing a picture of William th

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    (PDF) [The Norman Conuest] ¾ Marc Morris characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ Marc Morris Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download 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

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    (PDF) [The Norman Conuest] ¾ Marc Morris Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download The Norman Conuest 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

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    (PDF) [The Norman Conuest] ¾ Marc Morris Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download 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 t

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    characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ Marc Morris Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download summary The Norman Conuest Overall a very detailed and very conscientious history of the Norman Conuest 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

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    Marc Morris ¸ 7 free download characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ Marc Morris (PDF) [The Norman Conuest] ¾ Marc Morris Very interesting and well argued book about England in the 11th century focusing on the Conuest of course but with a long h

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    (PDF) [The Norman Conuest] ¾ Marc Morris characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¸ Marc Morris summary The Norman Conuest Morris has given us a thorough yet readable explanation of events surrounding the Norman Conuest 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

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    (PDF) [The Norman Conuest] ¾ Marc Morris An accessible non fiction Basically expands on what was written in contemporaneous accounts or in accounts written within a hundred years or so after I feel this one is not really going to give you anything new if you have read books

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