Gardners This volume covers three centuries and a multitude of dramas, intrigue, loyalty, betrayal, courage, fortitude, cowardice and crime. The book opens with the Norman conquest, William I's bold excursion in 1066 that propelled a new dynasty to the throne of England.
Blackwell North Amer On 14 October 1066 two armies met at Hastings. The Middle Ages begins at the most famous date in English history and covers the three centuries during which England arguably began its transformation into a modern state: during these years the Curia Regis was formed, which paved the way for parliamentary assembly, and the principle of strong hereditary monarchy was established. Yet, this short volume covers not only the politics of the time, an age of contested succession, but in vivid biographies conveys the personalities of the medieval kings: from the brutal, unattractive William I to the 'mythical' Richard the Lionheart and the mighty Edward I. Their lives are played out against some of the central events of English history: the Domesday Book, the Crusades, Magna Carta, the Hundred Years' War and the Black Death.