Everyone knows what William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but it has become customary to assume that the victory was inevitable, given the alleged superiority of Norman military technology. With biographical sketches of the great warriors who fought for the crown of England in 1066, this work shows that this view is mistaken.
Covers the emergence of the earliest English kingdoms to the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy in 1087. Professor Stenton examines the development of English society, from the growth of royal power to the establishment of feudalism after the Norman Conquest.
The story of the crusades has been told and retold in Western histories-but invariable from Western perspectives. Carole Hillenbrand's fresh interpretation drew on Islamic sources that describe the crusades from a Muslim point of view.
In the first years of the thirteenth century Villehardouin served as an envoy in the Fourth Crusade. Half a century later, Joinville accompanied the French king, Louis IX, on crusade to Egypt and the Near East. This book offers narratives of these campaigns and provides insights into the characters and beliefs of the crusaders.
Golding investigates the Norman Conquest from a number of perspectives, examining the dynamics of colonisation and the wide-ranging effects of the Norman settlement. Revised, updated and expanded, this new edition of an established text now incorporates the latest research and contains more on key areas such as towns, gender and the peasantry.
In this book Norman Housley, one of the most distinguished historians of the medieval period, provides an introduction to the complex history of crusading. * Steers readers through the key debates in this popular area of medieval history. * Draws on the author's 30 years' experience of crusading scholarship.
Crusading was a central theme in early medieval European history and this book covers all the expeditions which took place between the First Crusade in 1096 and the final retreat from Palestine in 1291.
The debate on the Norman Conquest is still ongoing. Because of the interest that has been shown in the subject of conquest and its aftermath, interpretations have been numerous and conflicting; students bewildered by controversies may find this book a useful guide through the morass of literature.
In 1806, Domesday Book, perhaps the most remarkable historical document in existence, was compiled. This tremendous story of England and its people was made at the behest of the Norman king William the Conqueror. It was called Domesday, the day of judgement, because 'like the day of judgement, its decisions are unalterable'.
This book focuses on what archaeology can tell us about the development of towns in early medieval Britain. Beginning with the decline of many Roman towns in the fourth and fifth centuries, the books examines the conditions that led to the development of new Anglo-Saxon towns between the seventh and eleventh centuries CE.
This biography of Edward the Confessor, first published in 1970, aims to rescue the image of the King from what the author sees as myth and bogus scholarship. Disentangling fact from legend, the text recreates the final years of the Anglo-Danish monarchy and examines England before the Normans.
A story of how a group of warriors, driven by faith, greed and wanderlust, carved out new Christian-ruled states in the Middle East. The crusaders' stunning initial success started a sequence of great Crusades, each with its own story, that shaped the Christian and Muslim worlds for centuries, until the Crusader castles were finally expunged.