William the Conqueror David Bates

Series:
The English Monarchs Series
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
01 Nov 2016
ISBN:
9780300118759
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
616 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
16 b-w illus.

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Fifteen years in the making, a landmark reinterpretation of the life of a pivotal figure in British and European history

In this magisterial addition to the Yale English Monarchs series, David Bates combines biography and a multidisciplinary approach to examine the life of a major figure in British and European history. Using a framework derived from studies of early medieval kingship, he assesses each phase of William’s life to establish why so many trusted William to invade England in 1066 and the consequences of this on the history of the so-called Norman Conquest after the Battle of Hastings and for generations to come.
 
A leading historian of the period, Bates is notable for having worked extensively in the archives of northern France and discovered many eleventh- and twelfth-century charters largely unnoticed by English-language scholars. Taking an innovative approach, he argues for a move away from old perceptions and controversies associated with William’s life and the Norman Conquest. This deeply researched volume is the scholarly biography for our generation.

David Bates is professorial fellow, University of East Anglia, and has held positions at several universities in Britain and France. His books include Normandy Before 1066 and The Normans and Empire. He lives in Cambridge, UK.

“This is serious, definitive history, essential for undergraduates and academics… Bates gets as close to the subject as any medieval biographer could wish.”—Dan Jones, Sunday Times

“Bates has devoted a lifetime of learning to William the Conqueror and his age. In this definitive biography of the man who forever changed England with hisinvasion of 1066, Bates contends that a full understanding of William’s place in history requires locating him in a longer period.”—Tony Barber, “Best books of 2016”, Financial Times

“Leading expert David Bates gives one of British History’s headline figures the in-depth treatment… From his personality to the consequences of his military actions, this book will heartily extend your knowledge of 1066 and all that.”—History Revealed