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  • Published: 22 October 1999
  • ISBN: 9780712666725
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $35.00
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1066




One of our best popular historian tells the remarkable story of the events that took place in 1066, probably the most famous date in English history.

Everyone knows what William the Conqueror won the Batlle of Hastings in 1066, but in recent years is has become customary to assume that the victory was virtually inevitable, given the alleged superiority of Norman military technology. In this new study, underpinned by biographical sketches of the great warriors who fought for the crown of England in 1066, Frank McLynn shows that this view is mistaken. The Battle on Senlac Hill on 14 October was desperately close-run thing, which Harold lost only because of an incredible run of bad fortune and some treachery from the Saxon elite in England. Both William and Harold were fine generals, but Harold was the more inspirational of the two. Making use of all the latest scholarship, McLynn shows that most of our 'knowledge' of 1066 rests on myths or illusions: Harold did not fight at Hastings with the same army with which he had been victorious at Stamford Bridge three weeks earlier; the Battle of Senlac was not won by Norman archery; Harold did not die with an arrow in the eye.

  • Published: 22 October 1999
  • ISBN: 9780712666725
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $35.00
Categories:

About the author

Frank McLynn

Frank McLynn is a highly regarded historian, who specialises in biographies and military history. He has written over 20 books, including critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon and Richard the Lionheart. Other books include 1066, Stanley, 1759, and Marcus Aurelius. He is a graduate of Wadham College, Oxford, and London University, where he obtained his doctorate.

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Praise for 1066

A splendid book... fascinatingly rich and thorough.

Julian Rathbone, Independent on Sunday

An exciting story well told... A most lively and rewarding book.

Jeremy Black, Literary Review

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