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The Norman Conquest: England After William the Conqueror (Critical Issues in History) (Critical Issues in World and International History)

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Exploring the successful Norman invasion of England in 1066, this concise and readable book focuses especially on the often dramatic and enduring changes wrought by William the Conqueror and his followers. From the perspective of a modern social historian, Hugh M. Thomas considers the conquest's wide-ranging impact by taking a fresh look at such traditional themes as the i

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Paperback, 202 pages
Published October 28th 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published 2007)
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Sep 14, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it
I read this for my History of Britain class and it was interesting. It doesn't focus so much on the invasion itself or the climatic Battle of Hastings as much as it focuses on the results of the invasion on the future of England. Thomas challenges many of the long standing studies of the Norman Conquest and suggests that it may not have been responsible for as many changes to Britain as previously thought. Though I did have to skim many parts to keep up with class, it was an interesting read.
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“Stephen Morillo, one of the leading military historians of Anglo-Norman England, rejected the “great man” approach in his introduction to a series of extracts and articles on the Battle of Hastings. Noting that William had benefited from a contrary wind that delayed his attack until Harold Godwineson had been drawn north by a threat from a third claimant, Harald Hardrada of Norway, Morillo invoked the idea of chaos theory, which describes how small, even random, factors can sometimes have a huge effect on larger systems. Drawing on the quip of another scholar, John Gillingham, he wondered if William, who was sometimes called William the Bastard, due to his illegitimate birth, ought really to be known as William the Lucky Bastard.2” 0 likes
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