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The Norman Conquest
A New Introduction

ISBN 9781405811552
Published February 4, 2009 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

The Norman Conquest was one of the most significant events in European history. Over forty years from 1066, England was traumatised and transformed. The Anglo-Saxon ruling class was eliminated, foreign elites took control of Church and State, and England's entire political, social and cultural orientation was changed. Out of the upheaval which followed the Battle of Hastings, a new kind of Englishness emerged and the priorities of England's new rulers set the kingdom on the political course it was to follow for the rest of the Middle Ages. However, the Norman Conquest was more than a purely English phenomenon, for Wales, Scotland and Normandy were all deeply affected by it too. This book's broad sweep successfully encompasses these wider British and French perspectives to offer a fresh, clear and concise introduction to the events which propelled the two nations into the Middle Ages and dramatically altered the course of history.

Table of Contents

PART ONE   Preliminaries. 1 The principal sources 2 Britain and Normandy in the eleventh century 3 The origins of conquest, 991-1066 PART TWO The Norman Conquest 4 Conquest, 1066 5 Conquest consolidated, 1067-1087 6 Conquest confirmed, 1087-1100 7 The English conquest of Normandy, 1100-1106 PART THREE The Impact of Conquest 8 Government and law 9 Lands and armies 10 Economies and families 11    The church PART FOUR Conclusion 12    Britain and Normandy in 1106 – myths and reality  

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Richard Huscroft read Modern History at Oxford and spent six years as a practising barrister before giving up his legal career to complete a doctorate in medieval history. His previous publications include Ruling England, 1042-1216 (2003) and Expulsion: England's Jewish Solution (2005), and he now teaches medieval history at Westminster School.


'Fluent, wide-ranging and up-do-date, this is an excellent synthesis of recent work on the ever-fascinating topic of the Norman Conquest. It reveals not only how much was achieved by twentieth-century historians of the Conquest, but how much still remains to be discovered.'

Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History, University of East Anglia