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while the terror and brutality he brought to the terrible episode, known as the 'Harrying of the North'
on 29 July 2017
Marc Morris is the absolutely 'go to' historian for this period. He brings the past alive for the modern reader, and in the process shows that the Conquest was far more violent than most readers will have imagined. In demolishing a relatively sophisticated Anglo-Saxon society, William changed the landscape forever; while the terror and brutality he brought to the terrible episode, known as the 'Harrying of the North', was and is regarded as one of the most horrendous incidents in English History; causing more than 100,000 poor and defenceless people to die of famine, and scarring the whole region North of the Humber for generations to come.
A powerful and disturbing book.