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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...
Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by Neil Lennon


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 2 Dec. 2013
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Marc Morris writes in an engaging and articulate way that makes the book easy to dive into. Very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incicive and refreshing, 25 Oct. 2013
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Academically solid but Marc is not afraid to voice his opinion and interpretations. I really enjoyed reading it - refreshing!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading., 14 Oct. 2012
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From the chaos caused by Viking invasions, family point-scorings, marriages of convenience, double-dealing and general skullduggery of the times, Marc Morris has clarified it and written a history book which reads like a novel without being in the least condescending or patronising.
I enjoy his books enormously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history of the period, 29 Mar. 2014
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This is an excellent account of this most pivotal event in English history, told in a very readable and engaging way, while never sacrificing a proper critical use of the primary sources, drawing on the works of the contemporary or near-contemporary chroniclers from England and Normandy, the Anglo Saxon Chronicle and (of course) the Bayeux Tapestry. In fact it is really a political and military history of the whole eleventh century from the Viking raids on Ethelred's England until the death of the Conqueror in France in 1087. It certainly was a turbulent and extremely colourful period, of which the Norman Conquest and, more specifically, the Battle of Hastings, is undoubtedly the best known event, but which must be understood in the context of its time, with Normandy as a fairly recently emerged duchy, and England having its large Danish influence. The artefacts that are so well known, i.e. the Tapestry and the Domesday Book, are unique survivals of their kind, without which our knowledge of the period would be much poorer. In his introduction, the author laments the paucity of sources for the 11th century compared to those present just two centuries later which he used in his previous book on Edward I, A Great and Terrible King; for example thanks to surviving documents, we know where Edward I was for almost every day of his reign, but very rarely exactly where William was. Paradoxically, I think the fact that so much has to be squeezed out of so few sources makes this book a much smoother read than his book on Edward I; that, and to some extent, my greater familiarity with the detailed course of events. Thoroughly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First-Class Read, 26 May 2012
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Marc Morris writes fluently and well on this complex subject. His analysis of the contemporary sources that every historian must base his conclusions on seems thorough and is lucidly argued and, to me, persuasive. If you want the facts along with the probabilities, this is for you. In all my reading about this fascinating time in our history, I have never read a more entertaining and satisfying book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 7 Jun. 2012
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Brilliantly written, absorbing factual, not speculative. The author presents the facts in a clear concise manner. When there is conflicting evidence he presents both options and suggests which option is most likely to be true and, more importantly, why.

If only my school history teacher had been half as interesting.............
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible History for grown ups..., 22 Aug. 2014
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I'm just getting in to the Norman period, having worked my way backwards chronologically from the Plantagenets. I love history books that manage to convey the details without boring the pants off you, and Marc Morris has a fabulously engaging style that keeps you reading and soaking up the information, without you realising it - my kind of history book for sure.

If you enjoy this, try his book about Edward I - also an excellent read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Popular history at its best, 12 May 2013
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Marc Morris is a wonderful writer: he successfully combines erudition and wit to produce a fantastically readable account of the Norman period. I learned a great deal from this narrative, and found Mr Morris' text was not only compelling and informative, but also delightfully droll. A great history book, very worthwhile reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read., 9 Oct. 2013
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Unlike some history books I found this to be very readable and my impression was that the subject was well researched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Norman Conquest, 4 Oct. 2013
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Very good read and informative with a lot references to contemporary source material. Strongly recommend to those interested in this particular period of history.
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