William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror

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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129.5 x 195.6 x 25.4mm | 340.2g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0752429604
  • 9780752429601
  • 415,944

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"No one is better qualified...to interpret King William's character"show more

Review Text

Every schoolchild knows that William was the Norman marauder who gave King Harold one in the eye at Hastings and seized the English throne for himself. Yet few of us know much more about William than that, and even the academics argue about his true nature. In this book, first published in 1989, David Bates examines the Conqueror's life and tries to decide if William was a bloodthirsty tyrant or a wise man who founded the British constitution as we know it today. Bates writes lucidly about some complex political subjects and always focuses on William's wider life, remembering that he owned vast tracts of land in France and considered himself above everything the Duke of Normandy. The Battle of Hastings may have changed the course of British history but it was only one more piece in William's political jigsaw. Bates gets as close to the heart and soul of William as anyone is likely to do after nearly 1000 years, and puts a human face on this name from the history books. (Kirkus UK)show more

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