The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of the Anglo-Saxons and the Rise of the Normans

Pegasus. Jan. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9781643136325. $27.95. HIST
The year 1066 was one that forever changed English, and world, history, according to historian Bradbury. This book, his first to be published in the United States, looks at England and France before, during, and after the Battle of Hastings. In addition to providing historical analysis, Bradbury delves into the minutiae of the battle: the armies, armor, and weaponry as well as why one side relied on cavalry. The result is a fuller picture of an oft-studied moment. Bradbury scrutinizes every aspect surrounding the battle, from an overview to the political motivations and all the way down to the individual participants. The author analyzes and critiques primary source material and ongoing modern controversies surrounding the event. Illustrations and maps, as well as a chart of kings of England and dukes of Normandy, add context.
VERDICT This dense account is not written in a narrative format but seeks for a firm understanding of a pivotal moment in history. Casual readers will not get as much out of Bradbury’s book as serious students of history and readers who like deep analysis of events.
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