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Harold and William: The Battle for England 1064-1066

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Adramatic reconstruction of the story of two rivals—Harold Godwinson (c.1022–1066), Earl of Wessex, and William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy (1027–1087)—in their bitter and bloody battle for the crown and the destiny of England. ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by The History Press (first published October 25th 2001)
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May 30, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a great story well told. I think it helps that the author was partial to the Anglo Saxon side. Politics, the human story, military history all rolled into one. And for most readers an insight into a little known period ( apart from the final battle itself of course). Sad ending .
Note to self: never try to read a history book written by a journalist. Two completely incompatible methods to relaying information. Comments such as "What might have been said..." or "This could have been the motivation" should always be red flags when it comes to accuracy. The author clearly put his personal views of Harold before any other objective, giving an unbias account based on facts for example.

The research using verifiable sources, however, was skillfully done. The primary value of th
Dec 16, 2009 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. This is one of the most enjoyable history books I've read. It gives a great account of what led up to the Battle of Hastings and all the characters involved. I'd highly recommend it.
it was more enjoyable to read than most nonfiction, because it was written like a fictional narrative, but me and mr. Patterson seem to stand on opposite sides of every conjecture and historical ambiguity.
Jun 25, 2012 Catherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The history snob in me wasn't crazy about the author's speculations, but dang, this is a good story.
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