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William the Conqueror: The Bastard of Normandy [Hardcover]

Peter Rex
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18 Feb 2011
A new biography of the Norman king who conquered England in 1066, changing the course of the country forever. Of Franco-Scandinavian descent through his father, Duke Robert 'the Magnificent', William the Conqueror's life is set against his true background, the turbulent Norman Duchy which, even after the Conquest of England, remained his primary concern. William is revealed as the brutal and violent product of his time, much given to outbursts of rage, capable of great cruelty, autocratic, avaricious and prone to a sort of grisly humour, yet, with all that he could also be a loyal friend and affectionate husband and father. His military reputation rests mainly on his victory at Hastings and he showed little sign of strategic or tactical genius. He was a competent rather than inspired general, benefiting from the mistakes and disunity of his foes. Only at Hastings did he meet and defeat a man who was his peer as a leader of men. He inspired great loyalty in some and even greater hatred in others. His primary attribute was his ruthless will which made him the driving force behind Norman ambition in North Western Europe. His propagandists shamelessly manipulated the facts to justify his conquest of England, a dubious enterprise if ever there was one.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; 1 edition (18 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848683324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848683327
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Rex is a retired history teacher. He was Head of History at Princethorpe College for twenty years. His other books include 1066: A NEW HISTORY OF THE NORMAN CONQUEST ('A gripping re-evaluation of those turbulent times - Rex vividly conjures up the ebb and flow of the battle' THE MAIL ON SUNDAY), THE ENGLISH RESISTANCE ('An invaluable rehabilitation of an ignored resistance movement' THE SUNDAY TIMES), HAROLD II ('Rex's powerful defense of Harold is refreshing' THE DAILY MAIL, 'A learned new biography' THE FINANCIAL TIMES) and HEREWARD ('An enthralling work of historical detection' ROBERT LACEY, 'Like oakum from a knotted rope of legend, Rex picks out the facts of his life' THE TIMES, 'Rescues Hereward, a genuine folk hero, from the oblivion into which he has fallen' FRANK MCLYNN). He lives in Ely.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Norman Perspective 9 April 2012
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Access to primary sources ,in Normandy, for the interested layman, is difficult, even if 'Norman French' is one of your languages. Peter Rex is very adroit at making the sources, and their various interpretations, meaningful to the interested amateur. The making of the young Duke and particularly the events surrounding his flight from Valognes to Falaise are very well told as are the violent episodes following the invasion. This book is a useful partner to Mr Rex 's '1066'. An excellent ,and accessible insight into a seminal period of both English and Norman history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars anti norman 27 Mar 2013
By mark1
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a good read slanted against william, showing aspects of his nature in a new light.Rex is a good writer i recomend this book to anyone with an interest in William.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book from Peter Rex 13 April 2014
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The author has provided William the Bastard with a better biography than he deserves! Peter Rex's books are always well researched and well written, hugely informative and highly readable (even to a layman like myself with little formal education).
An excellent companion volume to the authors previous works on this period of English history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good information 21 Feb 2014
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I just finshed the book and it kept my interest easily. Was easy to read and yet a wealth of insight
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