Harold II

Harold II : The Last Saxon King

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The first scholarly biography of the 'lost' Anglo-Saxon king of England. Harold Godwinson was king of England for less than a year and failed to defend England from William the Conqueror's invading Norman army in 1066, an army that wreaked havoc across the country and changed the political history of England forever. Indeed, 1066 was so critical a turning point that it marked the end of the Anglo-Saxon epoch. Harold II: The Last Saxon King is the first full-scale biography of England's 'lost king', an astute political operator who as Earl of Wessex won the affection of the English people and the death-bed nomination from Edward the Confessor (king of England 1041-1066) to succeed him. Peter Rex tells the story of the formidable warrior-king killed in battle in defence of his kingdom. The Battle of Hasting was a close-run battle that could have gone either way, England would be a very different place today had the fatal arrow missed Harold's eye.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 32mm | 639.58g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • NPI Media Group
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 65ill (15 colour)
  • 0752435299
  • 9780752435299

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 The English Resistance: The Underground War Against the Normans and Hereward: The Last Englishman both published by Tempus. He is currently writing a new biography of Edward the Confessor, also for Tempus. He lives in Ely.show more

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