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William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror

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ISBN 9780752429601
Published 15 January 2004 by The History Press Ltd
Format Paperback, 3rd edition
Author(s) By Bates, David R.
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ISBN-13 9780752429601
ISBN-10 0752429604
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Publisher The History Press Ltd
Imprint The History Press Ltd
Publication Date 15 January 2004
International Publication Date 1 January 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, 3rd edition
Edition 3rd edition
Author(s) By Bates, David R.
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
World History: C 500 To C 1500
British & Irish History
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 340g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Great Britain - Kings and rulers - Biography, Great Britain - History - William, I, 1066-1087
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 942.021092
Catalogue Code 561341

Description of this Book

William the Conqueror was a formidable personality, whose political imagination and ruthless will were the driving force of the Norman Conquest of England. In this biography, David Bates describes the full scope of William's achievements in both Normandy and England, setting them firmly in the context of Europe in an age of change and turmoil. William showed himself to be an outstanding soldier and an extremely effective ruler, who combined great fortitude with an unbending insistence on his own authority. He was also cruel, greedy, and intolerant--a man who pitilessly stamped out opposition and shamelessly manipulated facts to justify dubious enterprises.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review No one is better qualified...to interpret King William's character
UK Review 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)

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