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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Drawing bu a thee of contemporary sources, David Howarth gives us memorable portraits of the leading characters and their motivations. You can’t help but feel sorry for him, once he saw the papal banner that William carried, and given the terrible way in which he died.
As promised, Howarth’s examination of the Norman conquest and the events leading up to it shattered tthe lot of my preconceptions about while broadening and deepening my understanding of the Norse, English and Norman cultures involved. Nov 23, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: The Year of the Conquest.
He discusses the hopes and wishes of the prominent figures involved, and how their hopes were destroyed. David Armine Howarth was a British historian and author.
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Howarth interjects the necessary background information for each character when they appear for the first time in the year Oct 21, Amy rated it it was ok Shelves: With limited information available Howarth did a great job of resurrecting the world of and showing the conditions that led to the all important Battle of Hastings.
Unlike other writers with covert vested interest Howarth has been gracious in his ability to distil the heresy and propaganda from the facts. Fifteen Decisive Battles of the Western World: The events of changed European history. Dec 05, Grace rated it really liked it.
To have a skilled historian like Howarth guide you through an alien time period doesn’t eliminate the mystery of understanding but it does enhance it. 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.
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In essence, the author puts aside the kind of prejudices that comes with our contemporary discourses. The Year of the Conquest,’ not only proved to be informative, but very interesting as well. Howarth’s books that I’ve read, all of which I highly recommend. This is delightful and completely, totally happened. Feb 10, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Howarth brings together a chronology of events that have shaped the framework of the historical milieu that the reader contends with the quest to grasp how England eventually became vanquished.
Howarth makes history entirely readable in this short, engaging book. No eBook available Amazon. Highly regarded by historians, the tapestry is the story of the Battle of Hastings and the events leading up to thf.
Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. To have a skilled historian like Howarth guide you through an alien time period doesn’t eliminate the mystery of understanding but it does enhance i I just really liked how Howarth meticulously, joyfully crawls inside an iconic event in British history -the Battle of Hastings-to reveal the underlying moving parts.
My only wish is that he would have included some better maps showing where the events took place. I found it especially interesting how well the author described as background the civil structure of the small towns and v As might be expected with an invasion and battle that involved the killing of two kings and many thousands of British villagers that occurred almost 1, years ago there are many different versions of the story.
But for all of that, it is engagingly written, and serves as a nice foot in the door for those who want to learn about the major events and the important near-contemporary historians like William of Malmesbury through which we know much of what happened that year. This item doesn’t belong on this page.
Needless to say that Howarth is justified within this context in his use of power as one of the major themes in this writing. Howarth conquewt a marvelous job of creating empathy in the reader for Harold.
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Jun 08, Jessica Worthington rated it really liked it. I knew that William conquered England, I knew he brought the Norman culture and built castles, I knew that the french influence lasted for years About The year is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world: Most people don’t grasp how unruly and organic the modes of power were in the middle-ages, since all we know of Europe is really the shit that happened after the Industrial Revolution.
He also gives us a wonderful glimpse of everyday life in the typical English village of Horstede both at the beginning and at the end of this fateful year. When people think “” they often think of the Bayeux Tapestry William’s familiarity with the tactic of feigned retreat, Harold’s own demoralization stemming from a Papal endorsement of William’s claim and the breakdown of command and control over what was, for the Anglo-Saxons, a large army.
That volley of exchanges for the throne of England had begun as King Harold was challenged by the Duke, William of Normandy. Please provide an email address. He does this by citing all contending reports of any incident in the narration with a keen commitment to state all the diverse and competing claims of reliability.
As expected, it reads as a popular history published for an English audience. At the same time he enables us to see the events of that year from the viewpoint of common Englishmen, and along the way we learn how they lived, worked, fought, and died-and how they perceived from their isolated shires the overthrow of their world.
I just really liked how Howarth meticulously, joyfully crawls inside an iconic event in British history -the Battle of Hastings-to reveal the underlying moving parts.
This is a fantastic little book about the Norman conquest of England, a piece of history I was rather oblivious to until recently. In other words, whilst keeping it simple Howarth also tries to resist the temptation of exaggeration as he skillfully distils the facts from the propaganda. It sounded like what had made the big difference was the kind of leadership available during the battle.