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1066 (Paperback)

A Guide to the Battles and the Campaigns

Battlefield Guidebooks Photographic Books Colour Books Medieval Military

By Kelly DeVries, Michael Livingston
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: Over 130 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526751973
Published: 30th December 2020

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The Battle of Hastings, fought on 14 October 1066, changed the course of English history. This most famous moment of the Norman Conquest was recorded in graphic detail in the threads of the Bayeux Tapestry, providing a priceless glimpse into a brutal conflict.

In this fresh look at the battle and its surrounding campaigns, leading medieval military historians Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries combine the imagery of the tapestry with the latest modern investigative research to reveal the story of Hastings as it has never been told and guide visitors around the battlefield today.

This absorbing new account of the battle will be fascinating reading for anyone keen to find out what really happened in 1066: the journeys by which Harold Godwinson and William of Normandy came to the battlefield, and the latest reconstructions of the course of the fighting on that momentous day. It is also a practical, easy-to-use guide for visitors to the sites associated with the conquest as well as the Hastings battlefield itself.

This book gives an overview of the 3 battle events of 1066 Fulford gate, Stamford bridge and Hastings and you don't really have to be a historian to understand the book as its written in language which can be understood by a lay person. the book lays out events and history leading to 1066 as well.

NetGalley, Stephen Hutchison

A well researched and easy to read entry into the period immediately before, during and after the Norman Invasion of England in 1066.

Written so that even someone with no knowledge of events can follow with ease, Livingston and DeVries provide ample information without overwhelming the reader with a vast amount of information. What they do provide is an analysis of the events, battles and key players, whilst using separate text boxes for other key subject matters (ie: weapons, armies, tactics, etc). Each chapter includes or is finished with what the authors term as a "tour" of places and structures pivotal to the events.

The narrative is written simply yet informatively, utilising known chroniclers, the sagas, archaeological evidence, photos and maps to gently guide the reader. An extensive reading list concludes.

Definitely a book to be considered as a primer or introductory text for the Norman Invasion of 1066.

NetGalley, Melisende d'Outremer

An exceptional retelling of a pivotal moment in history. Incredibly well researched, the authors offer new information and insights even to those who are familiar with the Battle of Hastings. The writing itself is clear and accessible to any reader with an interest, avoiding academic pretensions which sometimes come with very focused history books.

NetGalley, Louise Gray

About Kelly DeVries

Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland, an Honorary Consultant to the Royal Armouries, and author of many books on medieval military history including Medieval Military Technology, Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century, and Joan of Arc: A Military Leader.


About Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston is Professor of English at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and author of scholarly books including Siege of Jerusalem, Owain Glyndwr: A Casebook and The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook. He is also a historical novelist.

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