1066 Year of the Conquest

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Name Instructor Course Date 1066: The Year of the Conquest. Reprint Edition. David Armine Howarth. New York: Paw Prints, 2007. 207. 1066: The Year of the Conquest is a book authored by David Howarth that presents a step-by-step historical account of medieval Britain. The book talks about medieval history of present day England under King Harold the second. The king was replaced by the army of the Normans assisted by the French, led by Duke William the second of Normandy during the Norman conquest of England. The king was defeated at the Battle of Hastings in the fourteenth of October 1066 (165-169). The Duke was crowned the king at London on Christmas Day of the same year. The new king then went ahead to exercise his newfound power to influence the running of state affairs. He also introduced new changes to the ruling class and the society. He also provided land for his followers who then proceeded to settle in England. The book talks about how the English society lived at the time and how the community was organized. The author details how the peasants related with the nobles and how they were treated. He writes about the events of that year that led to the common English people revolting against their king and his defeat by the Normans (7). The throne of England fell vacant when King Edward the Confessor died on January the fifth 1066. The king is believed to have had no biological children of his own hence there was not a clear heir. According to the English culture, only a direct descendant or living blood relative of the king could take his place at the throne. Despite this fact, the throne had several claimants who believed that they were genuinely entitled to it. Duke William the Second of Normandy was a distant relative to the king. He therefore should automatically have been crowned the next king of England. He
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