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5.0 out of 5 stars A real mythbuster about the Norman Conquest!
Prior to purchasing this book, my knowledge on the Norman Conquest was based purely on what was rammed down my throat at school during the 1980s. My orthodox view of 1066 and beyond has never really been challenged and nor had I any interest in changing my understanding or appreciation. I remember thumbing through this book in Waterstones on a cold April afternoon in 2013...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Norman Conquest
"The Norman Conquest" by Marc Morris is a comprehensive history of the Norman invasion, covering the whole life time of William the Conqueror. Its style would be easy to read if it was not for the fact that Marc Morris insists on justifying every point he makes by discussing all the evidence that led to that conclusion. This can mean the narrative drags as he deals with...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and readable, 2 Feb 2014
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I never used to read factual books until recently as always preferred fiction but I enjoyed this book very much. It's quite a long book but immensely informative and readable and definitely fleshes out the very little we learned at school of these times. The Bayeaux tapestry is really an embroidery and made in England not France.!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book that deserves better binding., 9 Aug 2013
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A wonderfully written book. The prose flows in a lucid manner making it easy to understand. The research is wonderful backed up by endnotes and a bibliography as is absolutely de rigeur for a monograph on history.

The hardback is a bit of a fraud when it comes to binding though. The pages are not sewn in signatures like an authentic hardback and the paper used is cheap, mass-market paper.

Basically, the hardback is actually a mass-market paperback with hard covers glued on and a nice dust jacket. Given that the book is printed and "glued" (allegedly bound but let's face it, it's not bound, it's "glued") in Britain in the 21st century, it's a bit tragic that this should be so.

Five stars for the work itself.

Two stars for the binding of the physical book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Aug 2014
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this went with the other book thank you
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Norman Conquest, 29 Nov 2013
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This volume by Marc Morris is a substantial work which relates most of the generally accepted details surrounding the Norman invasion and subsequent conquest. From an academic perspective it is sufficiently comprehensive, but this can unfortunately draw readers that have no prior knowledge of the events surrounding the Norman Conquest into accepting blindly much of his narrative as being unquestioned fact. Morris has his own predetermined viewpoint, but as a professional historian he has a duty to inform his readership of all possible alternative arguments in order to not only enforce his own conclusions but to stimulate discussion where fact and/or primary sources and evidence are in dispute. This he fails to do, choosing instead to lead the reader in only one direction, expecting them to unquestioningly accept his version of events without giving them other creditable primary and secondary source information to make up their own minds.
Consequently, there are several dubious conclusions and flaws; examples being 1) his over-criticism of the Godwinssons when compared to his understated comments on the Norman treatment of the Anglo-Saxon peasantry, 2) the standard Pevensey landing is reiterated without consideration of the latest data on the topography of the coast-line in the eleventh century, and 3) his adherence to the idea that Edward the Confessor promised the throne to William in 1051 and supported William's 'claim' to the English throne, which is illogical and extremely disappointing at an academic level. These examples are evidence of his one-sided approach to the subject, almost verging on pro-Norman. Educated readership requires to know when something is fact, to be given the evidence for that fact, and for it to be made clear when something cannot be proved when it is only an opinion. This book unfortunately has too many hazy areas which Morris fails to discuss in a neutral way. All in all, it is a basic starting point for those people that know very little about the Norman Conquest. However, it fails to expand upon other better works which cover this period and is overly affected by the author's apparent fixed approach to his subject.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE NORMAN CONQUEST, 10 Aug 2012
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If all you can recall about the Normans is "1066 and the Battle of Hasting's defeat of Harold" then this book is an eyeopener. The author,Marc Morris, expands the years of the Conquest to reveal a new story about England and Normandy and 1066 becomes a blip in the story. Well recommended if you read English History.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Nov 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very absorbing read., 12 Feb 2013
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This is a scholarly examination of the issues and the many complex threads that led up to 1066 yet is written in a readable style that will fascinate the casual reader .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have, 13 Aug 2014
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Another great Marc Morris book! A piece of history with fine details served on a firs class gold tray. Another example to show that knowing history only is not necessarily enough but have a good vein of stroytelling is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent treatment of the subject with that occasional and pleasing ..., 6 Sep 2014
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More than just a fact by fact account. An excellent treatment of the subject with that occasional and pleasing touch of humour allowing both easy reading and a serious treatment of the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the norman conquest., 19 Jun 2013
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A very informative book about the Normans who were originally descended from the Vikings who settled in North West France.
The Viking connection was something I knew nothing about previous to reading this book.
There was more to this book than just the Battle of Hastings, the Bayeux Tapestry and the Domesday book.
William, Duke of Normandy really was a ruthless guy, and nothing was going to stop him getting what he wanted.
It seems he ruled Normandy with total ruthlessness.It was no wonder he was known as William the Bastard!
It really opened my eyes to learn more about the Normans and William the Conqueror than I previously knew.
A recommended read for anyone who wants to know more about William the Conqueror and the conquest of Britain.
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