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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750937947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750937948
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Bradbury taught history at West London Institute of Higher Education (now Brunel University College) before taking early retirement in order to devote himself to writing. He has written widely on medieval military history, including Stephen and Matilda.


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Bradbury is not merely an author who has turned his attention to the Battle of Hastings, he is a historian who has spent many years studying the events of 1066 and the years leading up to it. Even now, almost a thousand years on the Norman Conquest is a topic of much hot debate. Many other books describe the events with their own (normally anti-Norman agenda). Bradbury is an author and writer of sufficient calibre to be above such things and this book is the best book on 1066. If you only read one book on 1066, then it should be this book. If you plan to read more then you should start with it. That way you will be able to spot what is wrong with the others.
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Very good account of the background to, course and consequences of this truly pivotal battle. The book is pitched exactly right in terms of the coverage of the Anglo-Saxon historical background and key controversial issues, without digressing too far and padding the text as sometimes happens. Perfect for both the general reader and as a useful summary for the more serious scholar.
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Jim Bradbury covers familiar ground here, with the build-up to the "crisis" of 1066 tat ended Anglo-Saxon England, ending with Hastings and William the Bastard being crowned king. (Hope that doesn't count as a plot-spoiler ...)
<br />It is a readable account and the thing I really liked about this book was the way the author discussed some of disagreements in interpretation and then came to his own conclusions I was especially intrigued by the discussion about whether the "accepted" location for the Battle of Hastings, Senlac Hill, actually fitted with the different sources.
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"The Battle of Hastings" by Jim Bradbury is a rather dry analytical account of the battle. It is however extremely comprehensive, covering the military aspects in more detail than other books on the subject.

Although Jim Bradbury is clearly fascinated by the events of 1066 his writing is not particularly emotive and he struggles to purvey the drama of the events he is describing. He analyses each aspect of the Battle of Hastings from the weapons and armour, to the location of the battle, to the tactics used on the day. Although his writing is easy enough to understand his use of grammar and frequent repetition definitely suggests he is a historian first and a writer second.

I would reccomend this book if you want a good examination of the different aspects of the battle itself but it is far from being the definitive book on the subject.
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By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2016
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The perfect companion for all history enthusiasts is the ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

A good primer on the events leading up to the most famous battle in English history. Mr. Bradbury sets forth the cause and effect of the battle in 'reader-friendly' language. The actual battle is covered in Chapter 7, the next to the last chapter.In order to understand why the battle happened when it did, and how it went as it did, why the battle, unlike others of the day, lasted as long as it did - from approximately nine o'clock in the morning to dusk - the reader needs to know the background. Mr. Bradbury gives us the political and social stories in detail.
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