The English Resistance

The English Resistance : The Underground War Against the Normans

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In 1066, the English were conquered by the infamous invader, William the Conqueror. However, this is not the whole story - the English did not roll over and die before their oppressors; far from it. For over five years, the English violently rebelled against the invading Norman people, murdering quislings, burning towns and sacking cathedrals. Peter Rex tells the story of each rebellion, their often colourful leaders (including Hereward the Wake, Edgar the Aetheling and Edric the Wild) and the rebels themselves, whom the Normans called 'silvatici' or forest dwellers. He also considers William's pacification attempts, especially his notorious 'harrying' of the north which amounted to genocide. If you thought it was all over with King Harold's death, this book reinforces the view that the English are not easily more

Product details

  • Paperback | 237 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • NPI Media Group
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075243733X
  • 9780752437330

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"'An invaluable rehabilitation of an ignored resistance movement' THE SUNDAY TIMES; 'Peter Rex's scholarship is remarkable' THE SUNDAY EXPRESS. 'Portrays William as he really was - a bloody, ruthless war criminal' FRANK MCLYNN, author of 1066: The Year of Three Battles. 'Like oakum from a knotted rope of legend, Rex picks out the facts of his life' THE TIMES; 'An enthralling work of historical detection.' ROBERT LACEY author of The Year 1000 and Great Tales from English History."show more

About Peter Rex

Peter Rex is a retired history teacher. He was Head of History at Princethorpe College for twenty years. His other books include Harold II: The Last Saxon King and Hereward: The Last Englishman both published by Tempus. He lives in more

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