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The Norman Conquest
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The definitive account for our times of a pivotal moment in English history

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Dr Marc Morris is a historian and broadcaster, specialising in the Middle Ages. He is the author of King John- Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta, The Norman Conquest and A Great and Terrible King. In 2003 Marc presented the highly acclaimed TV series Castle for Channel 4 and wrote its accompanying book. He has also contributed to other history programmes on radio and television. An expert on medieval monarchy and aristocracy, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Marc has written numerous articles for History Today, BBC History Magazine and Heritage Today (now published together as an e-book, Kings and Castles).

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Almost everything you know about 1066 is wrong. And there's no better historian to put you right than the wonderful Marc Morris. His new book grips not only as a work of narrative history but also as a sleuthing exercise . . . Morris has captured the triumph and the tragedy of this tumultuous era with verve, insight and a rollicking narrative. * Mail on Sunday *
Morris gives a compelling account of the invasion by William the Conqueror in 1066 ... Confidently, he opens with the Bayeux Tapestry as a powerful contemporary depiction of a famous battle ... Morris sorts embroidery from evidence and provides a much-needed, modern account of the Normans in England that respects past events more than present ideologies. -- Iain Finlayson * The Times *
Marc Morris's lively new book retells the story of the Norman invasion with vim, vigour and narrative urgency * Evening Standard *
As every schoolboy knows, or used to, 1066 is the most important date in English history. But as Marc Morris points out in this enormously enjoyable book, the Norman conquest was much more violent, complicated and ambiguous then we usually think. Carefully steering the reader through the partisan and often contradictory sources, he paints a vivid picture of the collapse of the sophisticated Anglo-Saxon realm, and shows how William the Conqueror relied on sheer terror to establish his reign. Even a Norman chronicler admitted that William had "mercilessly slaughtered" the English, "like the scourge of God smiting them for their sins. -- Dominic Sandbrook * The Sunday Times, Books of the Year *
I loved it - a suitably epic account of one of the most seismic and far-reaching events in British history. -- Dan Snow

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