Written by two local historians who live in Battle, East Sussex, the scene of the Battle of Hastings, this well illustrated book puts the fateful year of 1066 into a wide context of the local geography, local English and Norman histories, as well as looking at the places, people and politics involved.
In a book of interweaving chapters Keith Foord and Neil Clephane-Cameron have gone back to basics, starting with local geography and general histories to set the scene of William's landings and the Battle of Hastings, shedding light on aspects that are very often overlooked, sometimes misinterpreted, or taken for granted. They describe the cultural effects on England of successive migrations, including the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and also cover the Viking influences on Normandy.
Having set the background, there follows concise histories of the main protagonists: Harold Goodwinson and William II of Normandy, their families, and predecessors, with reviews of the main events of 1066 and their immediate aftermath, including the building of Battle Abbey as a monument.
This book is in excellent condition throughout.