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on 10 August 2011
Am in some agreement with another reviewer in that this book is not always well-written, at some points there is (unnecessary?) repetition and I do wonder why the appendices, although very relevant and informative, are presented as such. Peter Rex has written a number of books on this subject; 2 biographies (Harold, William) and a separate account of the English Resistance, so the problem may lie in this book being a re-visiting or compilation of previous material.

All this being said, and despite Peter Rex's almost rabid anti-Norman stance (I am a tad surprised that he doesn't present a case for "the lost glory of England", as some others have done), this is a very informative book and does highlight the ferocity of Norman rule - but then, with an approximate numbers ratio of 7:1 in favour of the English, was there any alternative in imposing a culturally and linguistically alien rule by a distinct minority?
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