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The Battle of Hastings : Sources and Interpretations

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The Battle of Hastings is a unique collection of materials focused on one of the most significant battles in European history. It includes all the primary sources for the battle, including pictorial, and seminal accounts of the battle by the major historians of the last two centuries. Stephen Morillo, in his own important piece, first sets the scene, describing the political situation in western Europe in the mid-eleventh century, and the events of 1066. He then introduces the sources, reviewing the perspective of their medieval authors, and traces the history of writing about the battle. An important companion to the sources and interpretations is the set of original maps of the major stages of the battle, from first contact in the early morning of 14 October 1066 to final pursuit in the late evening darkness.

Sources: WILLIAM OF POITIERS, WILLIAM OF JUMIEGES, ANGLO-SAXON CHRONICLE, FLORENCE OF WORCESTER, BAYEUX TAPESTRY, CARMEN DE HASTINGAE PROELIO
Interpretations: RICHARD ABELS, BERNARD BACHRACH, R. ALLEN BROWN, MARJORIE CHIBNALL, E.A. FREEMAN, J.F.C. FULLER, JOHN GILLINGHAM, CAROL GILLMOR, RICHARD GLOVER, CHRISTINE and GERALD GRAINGE, DAVID HUME, STEPHEN MORILLO.

STEPHEN MORILLO teaches history at Wabash College, Indiana; he is the author of Warfare under the Anglo-Norman Kings and a number of other studies of Anglo-Norman warfare.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.57mm | 421.84g
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated ed
  • 20 Line drawings, black and white; 19 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0851156193
  • 9780851156194
  • 825,292

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The Battle of Hastings is a unique collection of materials focused on one of the most significant battles in European history. It includes all the primary sources for the battle, including pictorial, and seminal accounts of the battle by the major historians of the last two centuries. Stephen Morillo, in his own important piece, first sets the scene, describing the political situation in western Europe in the mid-eleventh century, and the events of 1066. He then introduces the sources, reviewing the perspective of their medieval authors, and traces the history of writing about the battle. An important companion to the sources and interpretations is the set of original maps of the major stages of the battle, from first contact in the early morning of 14 October 1066 to final pursuit in the late evening darkness.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Primary sources: William of Poitiers - "Gesta Willelmi"; William of Jumieges - "Gesta Normannorum Ducum"; "Anglo-Saxon Chronicles"; Florence of Worcester - "Chronicon ex Chronicis"; the Bayeux Tapestry; "Carmen de Hastingae Proelio". Part 2 Interpretations: bookland and fyrd service in late-Saxon England, Richard Abels; military service in Normandy before 1066, Marjorie Chibnall; William the Bastard at war, John Gillingham; naval logistics of the cross-Channel operation, 1066, Carol Gillmor; the Pevensey expedition - brilliantly executed plan or near disaster?, Christine and Gerald Grainge; the history of England, David Hume; the Norman Conquest, E.A. Freeman; the Battle of Hastings, 1066, J.F.C. Fuller; English warfare in 1066, Richard Glover; the feigned retreat at Hastings, Bernard Bachrach; the Battle of Hastings, R. Allen Brown; Hastings, an unusual battle, Stephen Morillo.
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