History for busy people. William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066 changed the country forever. 1066 in an hour is a concise exploration of that eventful year.
During the year 1066, England had three different kings and fought three huge battles in defence of the realm, including the bloody Battle of Hastings. The result was the Norman Conquest which defined England during the Middle Ages.
1066 in an Hour will guide you through the politics and personalities of the Norman invasion. It will help you understand why William the Conqueror was victorious and introduce you to the new king and subsequent ancestor to the Plantagenets and Tudors.
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- The Background to 1066
- January 1066: The Death of a King
- The First Omen?
- The Witan Decide
- The Contenders Emerge
- February / March 1066: Developments Abroad
- April 1066: A Divine Omen?
- Tostig: A New Problem
- May 1066: Tostig Returns to England
- Tostig Flees England
- June 1066: Harold’s Fleet is Ready
- The Norwegians
- August 1066: Ready For War
- September 1066: Problems At Home
- The Northern Problem
- September 20th: The Battle of Fulford Gate
- The Norwegians Take York
- September 25th: The Battle of Stamford Bridge
- September 28th: The Normans Arrive
- October 1066: Harold Heads South
- Preparing For Battle
- October 14th: The Battle of Hastings
- The Aftermath
- The Process of Conquest
- The Capital Rebels
- December 25th: The Coronation of William I
- A Conquered People
“Another great book in the History in an hour series. An informative and insightful look into the year of 1066. Also a useful guide at the end of the book which gives more detail on each of the people involved in the events of this year. A good read!”
“This was my first “History in an Hour” purchase and I wasn’t disappointed. As someone who really loves history, I’ve discovered there just aren’t enough hours in the day to read everything I want in great detail. That’s why the quick overview format works so well for me. The book is exactly as advertised – a solidly researched book that highlights everything you need to know to get a good understanding of the events of 1066.”
“Bought this to read on the plane. Great read, covers all the key dates/people/events and almost acted as a guidebook when I visited the area. History in an hour is a good format and the author shows real skill in covering all the important details whilst remaining brief and easy to take in. Great for students, tourists and people with an hour to kill. I know as I fit all three categories!”
“Puts this chapter of English and European history into quick context and basic order. Allows imagination to fill the gaps. No real need to go deeper. Will now buy next ‘in an hour’ book.”
“The Norman Invasion and 1066 and all that neatly summarised into one hour’s worth of reading. An excellent introduction to the subject. Thank you.”