The Norman Conquest

A Captivating Guide to the Normans and the Invasion of England by William the Conqueror, Including Events Such as the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings
Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
Categories: History, European
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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Norman Conquest, then pay attention....

The year 1066 CE is one of the largest turning points in British history, with most people today having heard of the Battle of Hastings. The year had begun with the death of Edward the Confessor, a man who would be one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings. In the end, the course of the kingdom's history would shift as William the Bastard became William the Conqueror. 

In The Norman Conquest: A Captivating Guide to the Normans and the Invasion of England by William the Conqueror, Including Events Such as the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings, you will discover topics such as

  • England before the Death of a Pious King and the Norman Invasion
  • Edward the Confessor and the Question of Succession
  • The Norwegian King Harald Hardrada
  • William, Duke of Normandy
  • Harold II of England
  • Verification of Events and Preparations for War
  • The Invasion of the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada
  • William Arrives in England
  • The Battle of Hastings and William’s Coronation
  • Rebelling against the New King and the Consequences of Doing So
  • The Domesday Book
  • Effects of the Conquest
  • Shakespeare, Lully, and the New Art
  • Seers and Prophets
  • Records of 1066 CE - Insight into a Time of Turmoil
  • And Much, Much More!

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Complex historical events made understandable

A concise recording of complex events. England has a more complicated history than I was aware. Lots of info in a small package. Well done.

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A Comprehensive Coverage of The Topic

A multi-level audible. Grand strategy, tactical endeavours and individual personalities are well covered.
The conflicting values of both the whites and the Natives are detailed. In this sense, the audible provided a balanced view of history.

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A candid historical account of the topic

This is an excellent overview of the conquest of the United States from the indigenous peoples. I learned a great deal about how the Indians fought against the invasion.

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Fascinating and informative.

This is a good overview detailing the fate of the indigenous peoples of the current United States at the hands of the invading Northern Europeans. Warlike tribes fighting for dominance resisting all attempts at peaceful coexistence. Treachery and broken promises dot the landscape...on all sides.

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This is an excellent overview of the conquest of the United States from the indigenous peoples. I learned a great deal about how the Indians fought against the invasion.

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Great history account

I found this audible to be great. It is not written to be one-sided, just tells the story as far as the author could put together of both sides of the Indian Wars. It is worth listening to.

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For those of you with English heritage...

This is a great audible to fill int gap of information about how the French came to England.

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Thorough History !!!

A very thorough history. Really, one that gets lost because most people concentrate or know more about the Roman Empire.
This covers all one wants to know on British History!
Job well done by Captivating History!

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  • Rosie E Baldwin
  • 02-21-20

Very Informative

This book shows how the Normans from France go on to take possession of Britain. But to show how the end is a mixture of Norman and English cultures. Excellent book and listen.

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  • Jayden G Bruce
  • 02-21-20

Tremendously interesting.

Tremendously interesting. The author told me more than I ever thought of wanting to know, and more than I'll ever remember; but I utterly enjoyed listening and learning it. This is much more than a book about the battle of Hastings. It is a fascinating march through an era of British and Norman history. The battle is just one important point on the journey.

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  • Taylor
  • 02-21-20

Incredible

I don’t think I’ve ever read such a concise book that effectively kept me interested in the whole length and made me feel like I learned a lot. This book checks all three, not too long, really informative, and finally impressively fun.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-20

Good Work

A very good work of general history focusing on roughly the fifty years or so before and after the Norman Conquest of England. The Battle of Hastings and the preceding Battle of Stamford Bridge are well covered and his discussions of the primary sources and their strengths and weaknesses are paticularly well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-20

Good Informative Book

A very scholarly and well written history of the Norman subjugation of England from the Battle of Hastings to the death of William I. In addition to describing the profound impacts of the Norman invasion on English society, the author explicitly describes the long term political and social impacts of the conquest.

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  • Freddie
  • 02-19-20

Enjoyed It

I enjoyed this book! What could be a rather dry subject was anything but. Cleverly written, engaging, interesting, illuminating.

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  • Demi M Thornton
  • 02-19-20

The Norman Conquest

This is my evaluation of the Norman Conquest. While the author of this book may not agree with me he provides a complete story to enable any listener to make their own decisions. An excellent book.

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  • Eleanor D
  • 02-18-20

Excellent Researched Book

Excellent overall study of the events leading up to, during and after the Norman Conquest of England. An acknowledged neophyte on this subject, I learned quite a bit and appreciated the author's frequent pauses to critically assess the accuracy of source documents and the motivations of the various writers. The narrative moved crisply throughout and the author's prose was clear and very relatable.

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  • Darren Bundock
  • 02-18-20

Good Job

As a history buff you can't help but enjoy this detailed and well researched book. It details the Norman conquest of England and the consequences of that conquest for both England, Normandy and the principal characters involved.

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  • Leroy Brown
  • 02-17-20

An excellent entry point

The pace is steady, but seemingly slow as a result of the numerous qualifications and explanations of the sources. That said, this history is entertaining and enlightening. Recommended listening for any person curious about this major historical event.