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History as it should be written,
This review is from: The Norman Conquest (Paperback)
I found this book hard to put down. I found out a great number of interesting things-the Saxons were 10% slaves and William stopped this practice at the instigation of his Archbishop Lanfranc. I had always thought of the Norman Conquest in simple terms. It was any thing but simple. The Battle of Hastings was between two dubious claimants to the Crown. Poor old Edgar the Aethling , the person with the best claim, was just 13 and ignored.
William comes across as a very able man and not any more cruel than others of his time. I was impressed that he didn't immediately slaughter the nobility as it seems Cnut did earlier in the century.
The replacement of Saxons by Normans was inevitable if William was to remain king.
Morris has a humorous and readable style and tries very hard to be fair. For anyone who wants to understand English history this book is a must.