1016 & 1066
Why the Vikings Caused the Norman Conquest
The Norman Conquest of 1066 was not the only ‘Conquest’ of the eleventh century; 50 years before William I’s victory at Hastings, the ‘Viking Conquest’ of 1016 made Cnut king of Denmark and England. This book argues that the consequences of that earlier conquest, including the exile of the Anglo-Saxon heirs to the English throne and the entanglement of English, Norman and Scandinavian politics, led to the defeat of Harold Godwinson in 1066.
A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages
Martyn Whittock uses a variety of first-hand accounts and anecdotes to show how England was transformed between the age of the Saxon kings in the 10th century and the 15th-century Wars of the Roses. Revealing the diversity of medieval society, he explains the effects of the changing feudal system and the emergence of towns and the urban elite.