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The Battle of Hastings

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The Battle of Hastings is a unique collection of materials focused on one of the most significant battles in European history. It includes all the primary sources for the battle, including pictorial, and seminal accounts of the battle by the major historians of the last two centuries. Stephen Morillo, in his own important piece, first sets the scene, describing the political situation in western Europe in the mid-eleventh century, and the events of 1066. He then introduces the sources, reviewing the perspective of their medieval authors, and traces the history of writing about the battle. An important companion to the sources and interpretations is the set of original maps of the major stages of the battle, from first contact in the early morning of 14 October 1066 to final pursuit in the late evening darkness.
Sources: WILLIAM OF POITIERS, WILLIAM OF JUMIEGES, ANGLO-SAXON CHRONICLE, FLORENCE OF WORCESTER, BAYEUX TAPESTRY, CARMEN DE HASTINGAE ROELIO
Interpretations: RICHARD ABELS, BERNARD BACHRACH, R. ALLEN BROWN, MARJORIE CHIBNALL, E.A. FREEMAN, J.F.C. FULLER, JOHN GILLINGHAM, CAROL GILLMOR, RICHARD GLOVER, CHRISTINE and GERALD GRAINGE, DAVID HUME, STEPHEN MORILLO.

STEPHEN MORILLO teaches history at Wabash College, Indiana; he is the author of Warfare under the Anglo-Norman Kings and a number of other studies of Anglo-Norman warfare.

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Morillo sets out to provide those following history courses at university with a "teaching and learning tool": in this aim he has succeeded very well... This work is to be counted a success. HISTORY

Details

First Published: 16 May 1996
13 Digit ISBN: 9780851155937
Pages: 262
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
Series: Warfare in History
Subject: Medieval History
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 25 Oct 2014

Contents

  • 1  Bookland and Fyrd service in late Saxon England
  • 2  Military service in Normandy before 1066
  • 3  William the bastard at war
  • 4  Naval logistics of the cross-channel operation, 1066
  • 5  The Pevensey expedition: brilliantly executed plan or near disaster?
  • 6  The battle of Hastings, 1066
  • 7  The feigned retreat at Hastings
  • 8  Hasitngs: an unusual battle