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Osprey Essential Histories 12 : Campaigns of the Norman Conquest

The Norman Conquest linked the English kingdom with Europe, especially France, for 500 years. It completely changed the nation's aristocracy, church and administration bringing in a new language and cultural influences. This was reflected in art and architecture too, especially military architecture: the castle. The Conquest has since been of enduring political significance. In the seventeenth century radicals spoke of the 'Norman Yoke' on traditional English liberties, while nineteenth century scholars debated whether it was 'good' or 'bad' for the nation's development. Still, today, the Conquest is a hotly debated issue, popularly regarded as the last time the England was successfully invaded, while sites associated with the Conquest: Battle Abbey, the White Tower etc. are important tourist locations. Expert Norman historian Matthew Bennett examines the methods, motives and outcomes of the period of conquest, 1066-72. Drawing on recorded evidence of William Fitz Osbern, William of Warenne and Hugh the Fat, Bennett studies the new Norman baronage and shows how they made their fortunes by war. By the same token, he uses Orderic Vitalis, William of Walmesbury and Henry of Huntingdon to show the conquests impact in a very different light, and reveal how Englishmen were affected by this invasion. Text by Matthew Bennett.

    Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Background to War : Danes, Normans and the English Royal Succession
  • Warring Sides : Harold and William : The War Lords
  • Outbreak : Preparations and Motivations
  • The Fighting : Two Invasions, One Conquest
  • Portrait of a Soldier : Viking Legend, English Patriot, and Two Norman Earls
  • The World around War : Politics, Strategy, the Church and Administration
  • Portrait of a Civilian : Three Bishops and a Queen
  • How the War Ended : The Conqueror's Reign
  • Conclusion and Consequences : The English Experience : Law, Culture and Society

 

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