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    Marc Morris(Author)

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On Christmas Day 1066, William, duke of Normandy was crowned inWestminster, the first Norman king of England. It was a disaster:soldiers outside, thinking shouts of acclamation were treachery, torchedthe surrounding buildings. To later chroniclers, it was an omen of thecatastrophes to come.

During the reign of William the Conqueror,England experienced greater and more seismic change than at any pointbefore or since. Marc Morris's concise and gripping biography siftsthrough the sources of the time to give a fresh view of the man whochanged England more than any other, as old ruling elites were sweptaway, enemies at home and abroad (including those in his closest family)were crushed, swathes of the country were devastated and the map of thenation itself was redrawn, giving greater power than ever to the king.

When,towards the end of his reign, William undertook a great survey of hisnew lands, his subjects compared it to the last judgement of God, theDomesday Book. England had been transformed forever.

A historian of the middle ages, Marc Morris's acclaimed books include King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta and The Norman Conquest. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, writes for, among others, History Today and BBC History Magazine, and appears regularly on radio and television.

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  • PDF | 128 pages
  • Marc Morris(Author)
  • Allen Lane; UK ed. edition (25 Aug. 2016)
  • English
  • 6
  • Biography

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  • By chris on 6 April 2017

    very good book and value

  • By Mr Tim Cole on 22 November 2016

    This is the latest title from Penguin Monarchs and focuses on the life of King William I, The Conqueror of England who changed England forever after his defeat of the Anglo-Saxons and their King Harold II at the battle of Hastings in 1066. Leading historian of the period Marc Morris in short powerful chapters recreates the energy and magnetism of William as he invades England and emerges triumphant. He completely rebuilds England and creates a new European styled dynasty changing the face of Anglo-Saxon England forever. He even initiates the famous Doomsday book of 1086 so that he can control and oversee every aspect of English society. William's 21 year reign brutalised England and changed not only our language but every other aspect of English life. His invasion was the most complete and radical reinvention of the English ever witnessed throughout history. However, Morris also explores William's' own personality and explains why he was such a courageous and successful ruler both in Normandy and England. In particular, he examines William's brutal childhood in Normandy and how this shaped William the man and king of later decades. This short little book is a revelation and a good introduction on William if you have not read about him before. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I urge you to order your copy from Amazon now!

  • By Guest on 31 October 2016

    excellent, would recommend

  • By Guest on 27 October 2016

    Good thanks

  • By Guest on 23 January 2017

    Very good


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