Post-classical history

The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

A riveting and authoritative history of the single most important event in English history: 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 new history explains why the Norman Conquest was the most significant cultural and military episode in English history.Assessing the original evidence at every turn, Marc Morris goes beyond the familiar outline to explain why England was at once so powerful and yet so vulnerable to William the Conqueror’s attack; why the Normans, in some respects less sophisticated, possessed the military cutting edge; how William’s hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unraveled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions, and the insatiable demands of his fellow conquerors.This is a tale of powerful drama, repression, and seismic social change: the Battle of Hastings itself; the sudden introduction of castles and the massive rebuilding of every major church; the total destruction of an ancient ruling class. Language, law, architecture, and even attitudes toward life itself were altered forever by the coming of the Normans. 32 pages of B&W and color illustrations

Maps, Family Tree

A Note on Names

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Man Who Would Be King

Chapter 2. A Wave of Danes

Chapter 3. The Bastard

Chapter 4. Best Laid Plans

Chapter 5. Holy Warriors

Chapter 6. The Godwinesons

Chapter 7. Hostages to Fortune

Chapter 8. Northern Uproar

Chapter 9. The Gathering Storm

Chapter 10. The Thunderbolt

Chapter 11. Invasion

Chapter 12. The Spoils of Victory

Chapter 13. Insurrection

Chapter 14. Aftershocks

Chapter 15. Aliens and Natives

Chapter 16. Ravening Wolves

Chapter 17. The Edges of Empire

Chapter 18. Domesday

Chapter 19. Death and Judgement

Chapter 20. The Green Tree

Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Picture Section