This book is a fascinating view into the history of William's quest to conquer Anglo-Saxon England in the 11th century. What follows is a highly complicated web of the political inter-relations, backstabbings, revenge killings, shifting alliances, and general chaos that swept over the land at the time of the Conqueror's coming. While being a bit dense to slog through, it is still a remarkable piece of historical research and investigation that gives us a sense of just how incredible that time was.
Excellent review of one of--if not the--most important eras of English history.
I have heard the Conquest described as the reason England developed culturally as part of Western Europe rather than Northern Europe.
The author brackets the period in the text, providing the context both before and after the event. In addition, he cogently assesses the source materials and clearly identifies their various biases and/or shortcomings. It's quite an interesting read.
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