The Norman Conquest - Marc Morris

The Norman Conquest

By Marc Morris

  • Release Date: 2013-07-02
  • Genre: Europe
Score: 4
4
From 32 Ratings

Description

This riveting and authoritative USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller is “a much-needed, modern account of the Normans in England” (The Times, London).

The Norman Conquest was the most significant military—and cultural—episode in English history. An invasion on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans, it was capped by one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought. Language, law, architecture, and even attitudes toward life itself —from the destruction of the ancient ruling class to the sudden introduction of castles and the massive rebuilding of every major church—were altered forever by the coming of the Normans. But why was this revolution so total?

Reassessing original evidence, acclaimed historian and broadcaster Marc Morris goes beyond the familiar story of William the Conqueror, an upstart French duke who defeated the most powerful kingdom in Christendom. Morris explains why England was so vulnerable to attack; why the Normans possessed the military cutting edge though they were perceived as less sophisticated in some respects; and why William’s hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unraveled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions, and the insatiable demands of his fellow conquerors.

Named one of the best books of the year by the Kansas City Star, who called the work “stunning in its action and drama,” and the Providence Journal, who hailed it “meticulous and absorbing,” this USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller is a tale of gripping drama, epic clashes, and seismic social change.

Reviews

  • A good and interesting read

    5
    By A guy with good taste
    This is an epic story, yet the author deftly balances the broader sweep of history with interesting and intimate details of the many characters who played different roles within it. What’s more, this isn’t written simply as “this is what happened,” since many points are, to this day, either unclear or in dispute—and whenever this is the case, the author brings us along for his detective work, arguments, or counter-arguments, which are frequently quite interesting.