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Harold and William: The Battle for England,…

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

by Benton Patterson

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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 points of view. He also assess the skills of both-as rulers and as warriors-and offers a new look at the still-debated politics of succession in which both men claimed to be rightful heirs to Edward the Confessor's throne. According to Patterson, one man was the rightful heir, and the other was the better choice.

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"Harold and William brings to life one of the most decisive and influential military campaigns in the English-speaking world - and the rivalry that created and fueled it. Here is the dramatic story of Harold Godwinson (c. 1022-1066), Earl of Wessex, and William "the Conqueror" (1027-1087), Duke of Normandy, in their bitter, bloody quest for the crown and destiny of England." "The author traces the Norman Conquest to its origins in the summer of 1064, when William rescued Harold and maneuvered him into pledging fealty to the duke and to his claim to the English throne. Upon the death of the English king, Harold cast aside what, in his view, was an invalid oath involuntarily coerced from him and accepted the English crown."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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