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This is a very comprehensive and informative account of 1066 and its aftermath, I just wish it was a bit easier to read. I'm not sure whether Peter Rex is a history teacher but I got the impression that this book had been written as a series of seperate individual essays rather than a whole. As a result I found information is often repeated and the chapters do not join together particularly well.
All the information you could ever want is here though. The Battle of Hastings is described in detail and unlike a lot of other books this goes on beyond 1066 to describe the rest of the Norman conquest. Although the Anglo Saxon army had been defeated at Hastings the Normans still had a lot to do to take over the rest of England and Peter Rex does a good job explaining how the disorganised resistance led to Norman victory.
As with most historians it is very difficult to be entirely neutral on the subject of Hastings and Peter Rex seems to side with the Anglo Saxons and Harold's claim to the throne. It is with some sympathy then that he writes of harshness of the occupation and the destruction of Anglo Saxon culture.
His style of writing is hard to get into though as he argues the same point ten different ways, and repeats himself over and over. Its not a particularly enjoyable read but it is an informative one.