The Norman Conquest: England After William the Conqueror
Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - 179
Exploring the successful Norman invasion of England in 1066, this concise and readable book focuses especially on the often dramatic and enduring changes wrought by William the Conqueror and his followers. From the perspective of a modern social historian, Hugh M. Thomas considers the conquest's wide-ranging impact by taking a fresh look at such traditional themes as the influence of battles and great men on history and assessing how far the shift in ruling dynasty and noble elites affected broader aspects of English history. The author sets the stage by describing English society before the Norman Conquest and recounting the dramatic story of the conquest, including the climactic Battle of Hastings. He then traces the influence of the invasion itself and the Normans' political, military, institutional, and legal transformations. Inevitably following on the heels of institutional reform came economic, social, religious, and cultural changes. The results, Thomas convincingly shows, are both complex and surprising. In some areas where one might expect profound influence, such as government institutions, there was little change. In other respects, such as the indirect transformation of the English language, the conquest had profound and lasting effects. With its combination of exciting narrative and clear analysis, this book will capture students interest in a range of courses on medieval and Western history.
Co mówią ludzie - Napisz recenzję
Nie znaleziono żadnych recenzji w standardowych lokalizacjach.
Inne wydania - Wyświetl wszystko
Anglo-Norman Anglo-Saxon areas argued aristocratic army Battle Bayeux became bishops brother brought Canute castles century changes chapter Chronicle church claim common continued created David death developed died discussion Domesday Book Earl early economy Edward effects elites England English estates feudalism figure followers forces France French Godwine grant Harold held helped Henry historians History honor identity impact important influence John king knights land landholding language late later Latin leading literature London lords major medieval Middle Ages military nobles Nonetheless Norman Conquest Normandy noted Old English Orderic Oxford peasants period political position practice probably Ralph the Timid reason rebellion reform reign relatively religious remained Richard Robert royal scholars shift shows simply society sometimes sons sources Studies success term traditional twelfth century various warriors William the Conqueror William's Woodbridge writing written York