The Norman Conquest: England after William the Conqueror by Hugh M. Thomas

By Hugh M. Thomas

Exploring the profitable Norman invasion of britain in 1066, this concise and readable publication focuses in particular at the usually dramatic and enduring adjustments wrought by means of William the Conqueror and his fans. From the point of view of a latest social historian, Hugh M. Thomas considers the conquest's wide-ranging influence through taking a clean examine such conventional subject matters because the effect of battles and nice males on background and assessing how a long way the shift in ruling dynasty and noble elites affected broader facets of English heritage. the writer units the level via describing English society sooner than the Norman Conquest and recounting the dramatic tale of the conquest, together with the climactic conflict of Hastings. He then strains the effect of the invasion itself and the Normans' political, army, institutional, and criminal alterations. necessarily following at the heels of institutional reform got here monetary, social, spiritual, and cultural adjustments. the implications, Thomas convincingly indicates, are either complicated and fabulous. In a few components the place one may perhaps anticipate profound effect, akin to govt associations, there has been little swap. In different respects, corresponding to the oblique transformation of the English language, the conquest had profound and lasting results. With its mix of intriguing narrative and transparent research, this publication will trap scholars curiosity in various classes on medieval and Western history.

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