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ESS 012 Campaigns of the Norman Conquest

ESS 012 Campaigns of the Norman Conquest
Autor: Matthew Bennett
Data publikacji: 2001-11-25
ISBN: 9781841762289
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 170mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 96
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This book provides a full introduction to the Norman Conquest, an event which resulted in dramatic changes to the nation's aristocracy, church and administration. It brought a new language and cultural influences and revolutionised military architecture with the introduction of the castle. This profound impact was not brought about as the result of a single battle and it took a five-year war for William to establish control over his new kingdom. The campaigns are studied in detail, with maps showing how William's energy and strategic intelligence enabled him to defeat his formidable opponents and create a new order.

Introduction · Chronology · Background to war: Danes, Normans and the English royal succession · Warring sides: Harold and William - the war lords · Outbreak: Preparations and motivations · The fighting: Two invasions, one conquest · Portrait of a soldier: Viking legend, English patriot, and two Norman earls · The world around war: Politics, strategy, the Church and administration · Portrait of a civilian: Three bishops and a queen · How the war ended: The Conqueror's reign · Conclusion and consequences: The English experience - law, culture and society

Matthew Bennett MA, FSA, FRHistS, has been a senior lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst since 1984. He went to King's College London completing a first degree in History and an MA in Medieval History. It was while at King's that the late Professor R. Allen Brown enthused him with an interest in the study of medieval warfare. This bore fruit in 1996, with the publication of the Cambridge Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages 768-1487 (co-written with former King's student Nicholas Hooper). Matthew has also published many academic articles on chivalric and crusader warfare.

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