Harold II: The Doomed Saxon King: The Last Saxon King
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Harold II: The Doomed Saxon King: The Last Saxon King (The English Monarchs)

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Harold Godwinson was king of England for less than a year and failed to defend England from William the Conqueror's invading Norman army in 1066, an army that wreaked havoc across the country and changed the political history of England forever. Indeed, 1066 was so critical a turning point that it marked the end of the Anglo-Saxon epoch. "Harold II: The Doomed Saxon King"...more
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by The History Press Ltd
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Pete daPixie
This is the best Peter Rex book I've read. Excellent. Two dates in English history with monumental future implications. 1066 & 1485. Rex takes us through the Anglo-Danish period from Aethelred, through Knutr and the foundation of the Godwin dynasty.
The reign of the Confessor and Harold,s emergence as head of an English state. King for 9 months and 9 days with the tumult of Fulford,Stamford Bridge and Senlac.
A very thought provoking epilogue with a 'what if'. What if Hardrada and William had...more
Kari
This book had good points such the use of different sources and detailed explanations of information on the subject but sadly these were vastly outweighed by the bad! Peter Rex was extremely repetitive to the point where I actually doubted myself and had to skip back a few pages to make sure I wasn't somehow re-reading what I had already read! Two of the chapters said essentially the same thing just many, many times over so that I got extremely frustrated. Some points weren't even re-worded but...more
Graham
A great, scholarly biography of the doomed English king. At first, I struggled to get into this book thanks to the usual reasons: dense, wordy text, information overload, no pictures (yep, I'm that shallow). After the first couple of chapters, I found that the author started getting into his stride, and then the book became fun.

It's packed with a wealth of carefully-sourced detail along with arguments made by Rex that I found no reason to disagree with: he's a meticulous, imaginative researcher...more
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