History of the Conquest of England by the Normans: Volume 1

History of the Conquest of England by the Normans: Volume 1 : Its Causes, and its Consequences, in England, Scotland, Ireland, and on the Continent

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This work by Augustin Thierry (1795-1856) on the Norman conquest of England was first published in French in 1825, the two-volume translation into English following in 1847. Thierry employed a relatively new technique in historiography, as he consulted only original texts and documents, and insisted upon interpreting the sources in as much detail as possible. He was adamant that the events, ideas and political positions he chronicled should be interpreted in their own terms and not subjected to a limited nineteenth-century perspective. Volume 1 is divided into seven parts and traces the aboriginal populations of Britain from the period 55 BCE, closing with the death of William the Conqueror and an account of the last efforts of the English to overthrow the Norman yoke in 1137. The author also shares some of his reflections on the challenges of writing history with his readers.show more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1139003224
  • 9781139003223

Table of contents

Biographical notice of M. Augustin Thierry; Introduction; 1. From the establishment of the Britons to the ninth century. B.C. 55-A.D. 787; 2. From the first landing of the Danes in England to the end of the domination. 787-1048; 3. From the insurrection of the English people against the Norman favourites of King Edward, to the Battle of Hastings. 1048-1066; 4. From the Battle of Hastings to the taking of Chester, the last city conquered by the Normans. 1066-1070; 5. From the formation of the camp of refuge in the Isle of Ely, to the execution of the last Saxon chief; 6. From the quarrel between King William and his eldest son Robert, to the last visit of William to the continent. 1077-1087; 7. From the death of William the Conqueror, to the last general conspiracy of the English against the Normans. 1087-1137; Appendix.show more