William duke of normandy 1066
1066: Guillaume Le Conquérant by Patrick Weber
1066 narrates the story of the invasion & conquest of England by William the Conqueror, where he defeated Harold Godwinson in the Battle of Hastings. This book is based on the the Bayeux Tapestry; an ancient artifact (an embroidered cloth nearly 70 meters long) which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England, concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.
The tapestry consists of some fifty scenes and the book does a good job in recreating and composing a story from these images in a modern format. I thought the book was pretty accurate historically and the artwork was superb. Though the story is quite good, it starts a bit abruptly. A basic introduction to the major characters of the story and some of the backstory could have helped. One needs to have a basic knowledge of the events and the tapestry to better understand the story without which you may struggle to make sense of the plot, particularly early on in the story.
I loved the idea behind this book and once you get past the first few chapters, it’s an absorbing read. The book deserves credit for choosing to narrate an unique historical event. Overall a good read.
Thanks to Europe Comics and NetGalley for the ARC.
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Known as 'William the Bastard' to his contemporaries, his illegitimacy shaped his career when he was young. On his father's death in , William was recognised by his family as the heir - an exception to the general rule that illegitimacy barred succession. His great uncle looked after the Duchy until , and his overlord, King Henry I of France, knighted him at the age of From onwards, William successfully dealt with rebellion inside Normandy involving his kinsmen and threats from neighbouring nobles, including attempted invasions by his former ally King Henry I of France in the French forces were defeated at the Battle of Mortemer and William's military successes and reputation helped him to negotiate his marriage to Mathilda, daughter of Count Baldwin V of Flanders. At the time of his invasion of England, William was a very experienced and ruthless military commander, ruler and administrator who had unified Normandy and inspired fear and respect outside his duchy. William's claim to the English throne was based on his assertion that, in , Edward the Confessor had promised him the throne he was a distant cousin and that Harold II - having sworn in to uphold William's right to succeed to that throne - was therefore a usurper.
Violence plagued his early reign, but with the help of King Henry I of France, William managed to survive the early years. After the Battle of Hastings, in , he was crowned king of England. He never spoke English and was illiterate, but he had more influence on the evolution of the English language then anyone before or since. William ruled England until his death, on September 9, , in Rouen, France. Born circa in Falaise, Normandy, France, William the Conqueror was an illegitimate child of Robert I, duke of Normandy, who died in while returning from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Although he never spoke English and was illiterate, he had more influence on the evolution of the English language than anyone before or since — adding a slew of French and Latin words to the English dictionary.