In 1066, the English were conquered by the infamous invader, William the Conqueror. However, this is not the whole story the English did not roll over and die before their oppressors; far from it. For over five years the English violently rebelled against the invading Norman people, murdering quislings, burning towns, and sacking cathedrals. Peter Rex tells the story of how each rebellion, their often colorful leaders (including Hereward the Wake, Edgar the Aetheling, and Edric the Wild) and the rebels themselves, whom the Normans called "silvatici" or forest dwellers. He also considers William’s pacification attempts, especially his notorious "harrying" of the north which amounted to genocide. If you thought it was all over with King Harold’s death, this book reinforces the view that the English are not easily overcome.
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In 1066 the English were conquered by the infamous invader, William the Conqueror. However this is not the whole story—the English did not roll over and die before their suppressors; far from it. Peter Rex brings to life the resistance, from those who allied themselves with the new regime to those who went “underground” to subvert it such as Hereward the Wake and Edric the Wild. He examines William’s pacification attempts, alongside his notorious “harrying” of the north.
Peter Rex is a retired history teacher. His next book, The Last Englishman: Hereward of the Fens, will be published by Tempus.About the Author:
Peter Rex was head of history at Princethorpe College for 20 years. His previous books include Harold II: The Last Saxon King and Hereward: The Last Englishman.
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Descripción The History Press, 2009. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Reprint. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0752450212