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Harold and William: The Battle for England, A.D. 1064-1066

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The fundamental event in British history is the Norman Conquest, when William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold, Earl of Wessex, and took over England. In "Harold and William," historian Patterson presents an evenhanded look at the relationship between the two leaders. Patterson presents the Conquest, and the years leading up to it, from both the Norman and the Saxon point ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published September 12th 2001 by Cooper Square Press
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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
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.
The history snob in me wasn't crazy about the author's speculations, but dang, this is a good story.
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