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BOOK REVIEW: The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England by Teresa Cole

October marked the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Author Teresa Cole’s latest book, The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England, looks at the events, key figures, and sources that brought Harold Godwinson (1022-1066) and William I (1028-1087) to this pivotal turning point in English history.

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The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England look at the origins, course and outcomes of William the Conqueror’s conquest of England 1051-1087.

Harold Godwinson in Wales: Military Legitimacy in Late Anglo-Saxon England

On January 6, 1066, Harold Godwinson ascended the throne of England. He succeeded King Edward the Confessor who had died after reigning for twenty-three years over the English people.

William of Normandy’s Claim to the English throne: Examining the Evidence

Whether or not Edward’s promise of the throne to William was genuine, it was later certainly made irrelevant by Edward’s deathbed will.

The Bayeux Tapestry: The Case of the Phantom Fleet

There is a large bibliography of secondary works concerning the Bayeux Tapestry, but when one reads much of the published material it is clear that a high proportion of this comment, as one would expect, copies and builds on previous authors.

Book Review: The Rhyme of King Harold

The Rhyme of King Harold is an entertaining way to learn more about the flip side of the Bayeux Tapestry and getting in touch with your Saxon roots.

Harold Godwinson’s Posthumous Reputation, 1066-c.1160

This text will show in which ways Harold’s posthumous reputation was constructed to cement the Norman claim to legitimacy and how this legacy lasted well beyond William the Conqueror’s death.

Writing conquest: traditions of Anglo-Saxon invasion and resistance in the twelfth century

Writing Conquest examines the ways in which Latin, Old English, and Middle English twelfth-century historical and pseudo-historical texts remembered and reconstructed three formative moments of Anglo-Saxon invasion and resistance…

England: One Country, Two Courts

The tension created by the two-court system is an integral part of England’s administrative and constitutional history. Exactly how integral has generated a considerable amount of scholarly work, from explanations of the sources of the conflict, to how the disagreement over jurisdiction was addressed throughout the Middle Ages, to what impact the issue had in shaping England’s overall political development.

The Bayeux Tapestry: a stripped narative for their eyes and ears

The Bayeux Tapestry: a stripped narative for their eyes and ears Brilliant, Richard Word and Image, Vol..7, (1991) Abstract The Bayeaux Tapestry, a masterpiece of medieval narrative art, tells the highly politicised story of the ascension to the English crown, held by Edward the Confessor. The historical narrative begins in 1064 while Edward was still […]

More about Magnus, Count of Wroclaw

More about Magnus, Count of Wroclaw Skarbek-Kozietulski, Marek Genealogia Mediaevalis Genetica, August 4, (2011) Abstract Twentieth-century German medieval researchers saw Piotr Wlostowic, the famous Palatine of the Polish Duke Wladyslaw II the Exile, as a grandson of Magnus, the Count (Comes) of Wroclaw. They argued this from two sources, the records of Gallus Anonymus’ “Polish […]

What was the true identity of Magnus, Count of Wroclaw?

What was the true identity of Magnus, Count of Wroclaw? Skarbek-Kozietulski, Marek Genealogia Mediaevalis Genetica (2010) Abstract Which clan of Polish medieval nobility1 derives its male lineage from Count Magnus of Wroclaw? This man of noble birth, who bore a mysteriously non-Slavic name, was mentioned twice in the Chronicle of Gallus Anonymus. This vexed question has […]

The fall of the last Anglo-Saxon King: a case of leadership failure during a crisis

The case describes the Battle of Hastings, placing emphasis on the decisions made by Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England. First the events leading up to the battle are presented to provide the context and show the preparations undertaken by Harold. Next the Battle itself is explored.

The Mercian Connection, Harold Godwineson’s Ambitions, Diplomacy and Channel-crossing, 1056-1066

The Mercian Connection, Harold  Godwineson’s Ambitions, Diplomacy and Channel-crossing, 1056 -1066 VAN KEMPEN,AD F. J. (Tilburg, The Netherlands) History, Volume 94, Issue 313 (2009) Abstract It is supposed that the Vita Ædwardi contains some information about Harold’s dealings with William of Normandy in 1064. This article links these covert references with William of Poitiers’ statements […]

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