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Author West, Ed, 1978- author.

Title 1066 and before all that : the Battle of Hastings, Anglo-Saxon and Norman England / Ed West.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  942.021 WES    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  942.021 WES    AVAILABLE
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Description 173 pages ; 22 cm.
Series A very, very short history of England series ; second
West, Ed, 1978- Very, very short history of England.
Summary 1066 is the most famous date in history, and with good reason, since no battle in medieval history had such a devastating effect on its losers as the Battle of Hastings, which altered the entire course of English history. The French-speaking Normans were the pre-eminent warriors of the 11th century and based their entire society around conflict. They were led by William 'the Bastard' a formidable, ruthless warrior, who was convinced that his half-Norman cousin, Edward the Confessor, had promised him the throne of England. However, when Edward died in January 1066, Harold Godwinson, the richest earl in the land and the son of a pirate, took the throne . . . . this left William no choice but to forcibly claim what he believed to be his right. What ensued was one of the bloodiest periods of English history, with a body count that might make even George RR Martin balk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-173).
Subject Hastings, Battle of, England, 1066.
Great Britain -- History -- Edward, the Confessor, 1042-1066.
Great Britain -- History -- William I, 1066-1087.
Added Title Ten sixty-six and before all that
One-thousand sixty-six
One thousand sixty-six and before all that
ISBN 1510719865 (Print)
9781510719866 (Print)
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