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King Cnut And The Viking Conquest Of England 1016

Author : W. B. Bartlett
ISBN : 9781445645926
Genre : History
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The first ever full biography of England's Viking king and how he conquered England.

The Splintered Kingdom

Author : James Aitcheson
ISBN : 9781409052111
Genre : Fiction
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England, 1070. Renowned for his exploits, the knight Tancred has become a lord in his own right, with men to command and a manor to call home on the turbulent Welsh Marches. But his hard-fought gains are soon placed in peril, as the Normans’ newly won kingdom falls under siege on all sides. A coalition of enemies both old and new prepares to march, and King William’s fragile hold on England is brought to breaking point. Amidst the turmoil, and with rivals seeking to undermine him, Tancred is chosen to lead an expedition deep into Wales. His sternest challenge yet, it will be either his chance for glory, or his undoing.

The Vikings

Author : Robert Ferguson
ISBN : 0670020796
Genre : History
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Presents a history of the Nordic warriors and explorers that plundered and traded their way across Europe, and discusses how ultimately their violence and conquests helped spread and enhance accomplishments in the arts, culture and government.

The Wake

Author : Paul Kingsnorth
ISBN : 9781555979072
Genre : Fiction
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"A work that is as disturbing as it is empathetic, as beautiful as it is riveting." —Eimear McBride, New Statesman In the aftermath of the Norman Invasion of 1066, William the Conqueror was uncompromising and brutal. English society was broken apart, its systems turned on their head. What is little known is that a fractured network of guerrilla fighters took up arms against the French occupiers. In The Wake, a postapocalyptic novel set a thousand years in the past, Paul Kingsnorth brings this dire scenario back to us through the eyes of the unforgettable Buccmaster, a proud landowner bearing witness to the end of his world. Accompanied by a band of like-minded men, Buccmaster is determined to seek revenge on the invaders. But as the men travel across the scorched English landscape, Buccmaster becomes increasingly unhinged by the immensity of his loss, and their path forward becomes increasingly unclear. Written in what the author describes as "a shadow tongue"—a version of Old English updated so as to be understandable to the modern reader—The Wake renders the inner life of an Anglo-Saxon man with an accuracy and immediacy rare in historical fiction. To enter Buccmaster's world is to feel powerfully the sheer strangeness of the past. A tale of lost gods and haunted visions, The Wake is both a sensational, gripping story and a major literary achievement.

The Norman Conquest

Author : Marc Morris
ISBN : 9781448136025
Genre : History
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An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought. This riveting book explains why the Norman Conquest was the single most important event in English history. Assessing the original evidence at every turn, Marc Morris goes beyond the familiar outline to explain why England was at once so powerful and yet so vulnerable to William the Conqueror's attack. Why the Normans, in some respects less sophisticated, possessed the military cutting edge. How William's hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unravelled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions and the insatiable demands of his fellow conquerors. This is a tale of powerful drama, repression and seismic social change: the Battle of Hastings itself and the violent 'Harrying of the North'; the sudden introduction of castles and the wholesale rebuilding of every major church; the total destruction of an ancient ruling class. Language, law, architecture, even attitudes towards life itself were altered forever by the coming of the Normans. Marc Morris, author of the bestselling biography of Edward I, A Great and Terrible King, approaches the Conquest with the same passion, verve and scrupulous concern for historical accuracy. This is the definitive account for our times of an extraordinary story, a pivotal moment in the shaping of the English nation.

Cnut

Author : Michael Kenneth Lawson
ISBN : 0752429647
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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King Cnut ruled England from 1017 to 1035 and left behind him a legacy of peace, law and order. However at the beginning he was a cruel and vicious warrior, who invaded England with his father Swegen Forkbeard, perhaps at a tender age. In 1014 Cnut returned to England from Denmark and conquered much of England in his bid for the Crown. The road to obtaining the crown was not easy and in the end Cnut triumphed by beating the alternative candidate at the battle of Ashingdon.

Hereward

Author : Peter Rex
ISBN : STANFORD:36105121549997
Genre : History
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Hereward was a thorn in William the Conqueror's side, the man who led the last stand against the king and engaged his personal hatred. In this book Peter Rex brings the historical figure of Hereward out of the realms of fiction and folklore. This well-rounded account outlines the historical details of Hereward's parentage, his Danish background, his time spent in exile before the Conquest and his return to England to lead an Anglo-Danish stand of resistance to the king. Piecing together a wide range of source material, Rex looks in detail at the events of Hereward's attack on Peterborough Abbey, his refuge on the Isle of Ely and his attempts to hold off Norman soldiers while awaiting reinforcements. His fate sealed, the story ends with the question of Hereward's descendants and the legitimacy of their claims, as well as a discussion of the cards Hereward has been dealt by generations of historians, novelists and others.

The History Of English Law Before The Time Of Edward I

Author : Frederick Pollock
ISBN : 9781584777182
Genre : History
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Bloody Crimes

Author : James L. Swanson
ISBN : 9780061989858
Genre : History
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In Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson—the Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt—brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the thrilling chase to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the wake of the Lincoln assassination and the momentous 20 -day funeral that took Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Springfield. A true tale full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images—some never before seen—Bloody Crimes is a fascinating companion to Swanson’s Manhunt and a riveting true-crime thriller that will electrify civil war buffs, general readers, and everyone in between.

I Am The Chosen King

Author : Helen Hollick
ISBN : 1402263120
Genre : Fiction
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"A very talented writer." —Sharon Kay Penman, NYT bestselling author of Devil's Brood England, 1044. Harold Godwineson, a young, respected Earl, falls in love with an ordinary but beautiful woman. He marries Edyth despite her lack of pedigree, pitting him against his turbulent family and his selfish King, Edward. In France, William, the bastard son of a duke, falls in love with power. Brutal and dangerously smart, William sets his sights on England, finding ambition a difficult lust to conquer. In 1066, with the old King Edward dying, England falls vulnerable to the winds of fate-and the stubborn will of these two powerful men. In this beautifully crafted tale, Helen Hollick sets aside the propaganda of the Norman Conquest and brings to life the English version of the story of the last Saxon King, revealing his tender love, determination, and proud loyalty, all shattered by the unforgiving needs of a Kingdom. Forced to give up his wife and risk his life for England, the chosen King led his army into the great Battle of Hastings in October 1066 with all the honor and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes. "A novel of enormous emotional power...Helen Hollick is a fabulous writer of historical fiction." -Elizabeth Chadwick, author of To Defy a King What Readers Are Saying: "We all know the ending! But Helen Hollick's masterful and moving account of Pre-Conquest England still carries the reader along on an enthralling journey to that moment...it made me cry in all the right places. Helen Hollick is a consummate storyteller." "An epic work, grand and sweeping. I've read many versions of the events of 1066 but this is one of the best." (This book was previously published in the U.K. as HAROLD THE KING)

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