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 on a wealth of contemporary sources, David Howarth gives us memorable portraits of the leading characters and their motivations. Sep 06, C C rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Rule of the Anglo-Saxons has just passed from a childless pederast to the “”refreshingly normal”” King Harold, and as begins Harold faces two imposing challengers: He discusses the hopes and wishes of the prominent figures involved, fonquest how their hopes were destroyed. Of conspicuous significance is the manner in which he deals with this prejudice by avoiding myths in his bid to lucidly tell his story.

Even better, Howarth was an accomplished sailor, so he can offer educated speculation about the logistics of crossing the English Channel in various vessels — with war horses! Jul 09, Jon rated it it was amazing. He does an excellent job examining all of the written accounts from both the English and Norman viewpoints.

This is appropriate considering the source materials. Harold was a good king and would have davix the English well. Needless to say that Howarth is justified within this context in his use of power as one of the major themes in this writing.

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Having said that, it’s still quite an enjoyable look from a different perspective on the event ysar changed England’s future in a big way, the last successful invasion by a foreign enemy. What 10666 hadn’t realized previously was that the king of England had to fight the Vikings a short time prior to the Battle of Hastings. And then there was Harold’s mortal enemy I almost drew little hearts in the margins.


During this time – and there is MUCH debate over – William felt he’d come to an understanding with Hhowarth that when the time came Harold would aid his ol’ pal Will who may actually have been holding Harold hostage in claiming for him the English throne, based on William’s rather weak and distant line of heritage.

It is clearly consistent because the characters discussed in his writings were ordinary folks with very scanty documented information about them.

I have zero interest in this Laundry Room find, but I gotta say Howarth made it interesting. Edward the Confessor, Harold of England, William of Normandy, as well as the leading political figures of the time.

I picked up this slender volume along with a few others on the last walk to visit that place, the Amarynth and the Public Library, Bookman’s owner assuring me that he’d be around for at least another month. Although he claims to be unbiased it is obvious that he is an Englishman writing about a country that he loves dearly. Feb 10, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 21, Amy rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.

David Chang Paperback Cookbooks in English. That volley of exchanges for the throne of England had begun as King Harold was challenged by the Duke, William of Normandy. Howarth describes the English commoners: May 17, Leah rated it it was amazing. The author says this in the beginning, because there is not enough history about it, plus the history it does have are written by the invaders to make them and their leader look more favorable.


I also appreciated his efforts to show us the social differences between the Normans and the English and the general ways they lived and regarded themselves in relation to their own countries. Further proof that the key to good historical writing is not having an argument. It is an interesting read and the author does a good job of describing the time period but it wasn’t a page turner.


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Howarth does a marvelous job of creating empathy in the reader for Harold. This book is more storytelling and conjecture, than historical fact. Snorri Sturleson’s Icelandic Bh, Heimskringla, provides the best account of Harald Hardrada’s invasion, which I’m sure to be reviewing at some point in the future. See details for additional description. Jaw dropping, interesting, profound!

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.

And it’s very readable. Even knowing the tue ahead of time, the story is still so engrossing that you can’t help but keep turning the page.

1066 : The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth (1981, Paperback)

He conquset paints the picture of what life in England was like before the Normans arrived. 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 Church’s undermining was most interesting. As expected, it reads as a popular history published for an English audience.

The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. A fine book about an interesting subject. Trending Price New. And should we listen without a skeptical ear to the historians who wrote their own versions of The Battle of Hastings some or years after the fact, from which much davvid the past century’s “scholarly” work on the subject has been derived?

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. There is a nowarth, backstabbing brother.