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William I

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Ery major abbey and cathedral torn down and rebuilt The map of England itself was redrawn giving greater power than ever before to the king Towards the end of his reign when William attempted to assess the scale of this transformation by launching a great survey his subjects compared it to the last judgement of God the Domesday Bo. Concise and readable This is a short account of William’s life It’s shortness makes it accessible but it retains useful discussions of key issues An excellent starting point for anyone who wants to know about William

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Hes to come During the reign of William the Conueror England experienced greater and seismic change than ever before or since The old ruling elites were swept away while rebellion was met with overwhelming force laying waste huge swathes of the country Society was reordered hundreds of castles constructed across the kingdom and ev. As usual for Morris the standard of both the prose and historical content is high I much enjoyed the format of this book and it bodes well for the rest of the series A punchy and concise account of the reign of William I with enough additional Anglo Saxon and Continental context to help the reader gain a firm understanding of the Conueror's remarkable gambit

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On Christmas Day 1066 William duke of Normandy was crowned in Westminster the first Norman king of England The ceremony was a disaster Norman soldiers mishearing English shouts of acclamation as treachery torched and looted the surrounding buildings To chroniclers who wrote with the benefit of hindsight it was an omen of catastrop. 35 starsA very interesting and thoughtful insight to the life and reign of William the Conueror I hardly knew anything about the king or the time period so I went into this completely blind and found myself very much enlightened by the end I'm eager to explore some non fiction about this time as well as William himselfI honestly could not recommend this Penguin Monarchs enough they're give a brief overview of all the reigning monarchs in England since the very beginning up to our current ueen They're not too demanding but they also teach you a lot about the period Honestly they're great especially as an introduction to a certain periodperson


10 thoughts on “William I

  1. says:

    This was definitely enjoyable I really liked how it laid out the context for William's invasion of England before getting there and then what happened It was enjoyable and despite knowing the history pretty well it was still informative Great for a beginner


  2. says:

    On Christmas Day 1066 William duke of Normandy was crowned in Westminster the first Norman king of England It was a disaster soldiers outside thinking shouts of acclamation were treachery torched the surrounding buildings To later chroniclers it was an omen of the catastrophes to come During the reign of William the Conueror England experienced greater and seismic change than at any point before or since When towards the end of his reign William undertook a great survey of his new lands his subjects compared it to the last judgement of God the Domesday Book England had been transformed foreverWith 'William I' I have finally returned to the informative delightful series that is the Penguin Monarchs having neglected it for far too long My joy increased further at the next one being William I and being written by Marc Morris I always enjoy his books This was no different we have an informative insightful look into William I his early life how he came to rule and his reign Of course I read it uickly but they are short snippets and I enjoyed every pageMy one critiue is there is perhaps too much in this William I has a lot to him Morris touches on a lot of key areas of his life but they are just mentioned due to the nature of this being a short book Once we see the beginning of his reign we almost skip to the end which I did feel was a shame Do not get me wrong Morris has done a great job at providing a timeline for William I and as I have said the key events however someone with a lot to their life does not fit such a short book Putting a positive spin on this it does mean that I am eager to find another detailed book on William I which can only be a good thing I adored this read for providing a snapshot into the life of William I I am such a big fan of the Penguin Monarchs series the way they are approachable informative and enjoyable all in one package This is another sublimely written book and I look forward to the next in the list 


  3. says:

    35 starsA very interesting and thoughtful insight to the life and reign of William the Conueror I hardly knew anything about the king or the time period so I went into this completely blind and found myself very much enlightened by the end I'm eager to explore some non fiction about this time as well as William himselfI honestly could not recommend this Penguin Monarchs enough they're give a brief overview of all the reigning monarchs in England since the very beginning up to our current ueen They're not too demanding but they also teach you a lot about the period Honestly they're great especially as an introduction to a certain periodperson


  4. says:

    As usual for Morris the standard of both the prose and historical content is high I much enjoyed the format of this book and it bodes well for the rest of the series A punchy and concise account of the reign of William I with enough additional Anglo Saxon and Continental context to help the reader gain a firm understanding of the Conueror's remarkable gambit


  5. says:

    I really enjoyed this book William I is a King that many of us have heard of but maybe we do not completely understand the impact that he had on this country He is than 1066 and all that This series of Penguin Monarchs is a really good way to develop your knowledge of the Kings and ueens of England Looking forward to building up my collection


  6. says:

    Was intrigued to find out about the Normans after a BBC4 Doc on Castles This was very good I learnt a lot I felt the middle section to be a bit dry although this was to do with the massive bookending events in Williams life rather than due to writing I look forward to reading of these little books and maybe getting something a bit substantial on 1066 now my appetite has been whetted


  7. says:

    Every September our Year 7 students start their secondary journey through history with the story of the impact of the Norman invasion We are limited to one seventy five lesson a week and only get six of these to cover such a significant event in British history so I chose to spend some of my summer deepening my understanding of this period Marc Morris is one of my favourite historians he not only tells an engaging story but he is accessible enough for me to take sections to use with students in the classroom and even recommended it to my budding historians Before this book I was firmly anti William how could anyone overlook his actions in the north? Every year we vote as a class for the claimant we think should have had the throne and every year I vote for Harold Godwineson This book gave me a better understanding of the people behind the events of the period and I think I will find voting much difficult this time aroundI am definitely going to treat myself to the whole of the Penguin Monarch series


  8. says:

    Concise and readable This is a short account of William’s life It’s shortness makes it accessible but it retains useful discussions of key issues An excellent starting point for anyone who wants to know about William


  9. says:

    Good readA short but insightful read The author identifies his sources and treats them critically Recommended as a introduction to this period in history


  10. says:

    3 12 Stars Brief but good biography of William I Morris writes in an entertaining style and doesn’t let it get too boring or bogged down in too many details


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