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'A gripping re-evaluation of those turbulent times - Rex vividly conjures up the ebb and flow of the battle' SIMON GRIFFITH, THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

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Peter Rex is a retired history teacher. He was Head of History at Princethorpe College for twenty years. His other books include WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR: THE BASTARD OF NORMANDY ('Portrays William as he really was - a bloody, ruthless war criminal' FRANK MCLYNN), THE ENGLISH RESISTANCE ('An invaluable rehabilitation of an ignored resistance movement' THE SUNDAY TIMES), HAROLD II ('Rex's powerful defense of Harold is refreshing' THE DAILY MAIL, 'A learned new biography' THE FINANCIAL TIMES) and HEREWARD ('An enthralling work of historical detection' ROBERT LACEY, 'Like oakum from a knotted rope of legend, Rex picks out the facts of his life' THE TIMES, 'Rescues Hereward, a genuine folk hero, from the oblivion into which he has fallen' FRANK MCLYNN). He lives in Ely.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley; Reprint edition (July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445603845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445603841
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stevens on October 30, 2012
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1066: A new history of the Norman Conquest is a vivid re-examination of the tumultuous reign of King Harald, the back-room politicking conducted by Duke William before the invasion of England in 1066 and the resulting problems that William experienced in attempting to tame the notoriously boisterous English. Peter Rex goes into detail about the Bayeux Tapestry, pointing out some potential flaws in logic depicted in the famous panels, and highlights some victor's propaganda which rewrote vast swathes of his conquest to paint over some of the viciousness perpetrated by the Normans and their mercenary colleagues in the years following the victory at Hastings.

As with most historical texts, it is well worth reading this excellent title in conjunction with some other books on the same subject, as a singular view of such a world altering span of human history can often provide nothing more than a rather distorted or even poisoned view of events. Nonetheless, Peter Rex's book is a fantastic read, and a worthy addition to any English history buff's collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen D. Echard on February 8, 2013
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An excellent work giving much detail and background of the events of that year,the major players of the great Turning point in Estern History. As we sometimes see in hisotry the author tends to stress the barabarity of one side whil not reflecting t on thehisory of the barbarity of the Anglo Saxon towards the Britons before.
other than that minor issude this is a book that shoulkd be read by anyone interested in not only the British History but in the laws and cultures of the English speakihg nations.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2013
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Mr. Rex clears the dust of history and goes beyond the events of October 14, 1066, to describe in length and detail the English resistance to the Norman conquest. Far from being a peaceful takeover, William of Normandy barely had a decade of peace after his coronation and most of his time in England - which wasn't much - was spent putting down rebellions. The author explains the harrying of the north of England, which decimated the population and destroyed the land for a generation, his duplicitious dealings with the Anglo-Saxon (English) nobility, and how he systematically pushed out the Anglo-Saxon thegns and landowners and put in his Norman followers. This is an excellent text for students of history and readers wanting a bit more than 1066 and all that. Mr. Rex's writing in clear and far from laborious. A highly-recommended history of the most famous event in English history, the hows and whys and what happened after the battle.
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