The Battle of Hastings by Jim Bradbury

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The Battle of Hastings is probably the best-known and perhaps the most significant battle in English history. Its effects were deeply felt at the time, causing a lasting shift in cultural identity and national pride. Jim Bradbury here explores the full military background to the battle and investigates both the sources for our knowledge of what actually happened in 1066 and the role that the battle plays in national myth. The Battle of Hastings starts by looking at the Normans - who they were, where they came from - and the career of William before 1066. Next, Jim Bradbury turns to the Saxons in England, and to Harold Godwineson, successor to Edward the Confessor, and his attempts to create unity in the divided kingdom. This provides the background to an examination of the military development of the two sides up to 1066, detailing differences in tactics, arms and armour. The core of this book is a move-by-move reconstruction of the battle, including the advance planning, the site, the composition of the two armies and the use of archers, feigned flights and the death of Harold. This is a book that anyone interested in England's most famous battle will find indispensable.

About Jim Bradbury

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Matthew Bennett is a Senior Lecturer at The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. His books include the "Cambridge Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages" and "Agincourt, 1415," Jim Bradbury's books include "The Medieval Archer," "The Medieval Siege," and "The Routledge Companion to Medieval Warfare," Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of "Medieval Military Technology," "Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century, Joan of Arc: A Military Leader," and "Guns and Men in Medieval Europe," Iain Dickie has been a committe member of the Society of Ancients and editor of "Army & Navy Modelworld,"" Military Hobbies," and "Miniature Wargames "magazines. Phyllis Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University of Southern Mississippi. She was previously Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History, California State University.
Published May 18, 2012 by The History Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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