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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Harold was a good king and would have served the English well. As for William the Conqueror’s invasion, no English accounts survive, which tells you something about the nature of the conquest and it’s aftermath. Paperbackpages. In essence, the author puts aside the kind of prejudices that comes with our contemporary discourses. The “off” amount and percentage simply signifies the calculated difference between the seller-provided price for the item elsewhere and the seller’s price on eBay.

I did not know that William laid waste to so much of the english countryside and villages they were uninhabitable for 2 generations. It was probably inevitable that this many competing clai Howarth gives us more of a popular history than a scholarly history, but with plenty of references to the mostly Norman and French sources about the principals. View all 3 comments. The poor sod undergoes trial after trial in a surprisingly short period of time 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.

He also gives us a wonderful davvid of everyday life in the typical English village of Horstede both at the beginning and at the end of this fateful year. By way of content, the story is explicitly presented to the reader, with a wealth of hkwarth drawn from multiple sources to attest to the credibility of the story being told.


William built them to defend himself from the english and as prisons. What does this price mean? This is delightful and completely, howzrth happened. Jaw dropping, interesting, profound!

The serene cottages and the everyday toil from earth to table as a wholesome way of life. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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I am an English major, and part of my course work including English history and linguistics. Not only does he tell both extremes of these biased records, but he also presents the middle ground which is probably the best truth we will have of what really happened.

Needless to say that Howarth is justified within this context in his use conqkest power as one of the major themes in this writing. A fine book about an interesting subject.

So I had a basic understanding of how the Normans had influenced England. The Muse of History rarely guarantees a happy ending, and rare is the conquest that improves the lives of the conquered. That said, it’s the most accessable academic history book I’ve read though I haven’t read a whole bunch. With the ecclesiastical papacy backing William and in these times such influence ruled the hearts of men the authors connection of King Harold’s internal puncture to be emboldened upon discovery of the Lf undermining was most interesting.

Peaceful as its subjects’ lives may have been, England was, at the level of the royal court, unstable. 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.

There is a viking king, one of the last of his kind, making a last ditch stab at glory by attempting to seize York, the seat of power in northern England. I really enjoyed this book! We all know the date was when the Battle of Hastings occurred, where William the Conqueror of Normandy defeated King Harold and his army. The Normans took over the estates, built castles that doubled as prisons, ransacked the countryside and the churches, and completely changed the structure of society.


LOVED this historic read. Howarth tells of the battle in as great of detail as possible without making it tiresome. A rudimentary description of the feudal system is given in the first few chapters replete with earls howagth thanes. Return to Yrar Page. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

If y This was an extremely fun book, and the sort of thing I really enjoy. The Year of the Conquest.

Some will see this as blatant revisionism, because some don’t read the fine print, and the print isn’t all that fine. It is clearly consistent because the characters discussed in his writings were ordinary folks with very scanty documented information about them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

The Year of the Conquest – David Armine Howarth – Google Books

Then an omen struck the sky, a prophetic warning, a stirring of the wind that change was about to ensue. That volley of exchanges for the throne of England had begun as King Harold was challenged by the Duke, William of Normandy. After the war he wrote an account of the operation, as well as several other books of history. I picked it up again because I was going to see the Bayeux Tapestry IRL and I wanted to refresh my memory on the history surrounding the events it depicts.

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.