A Bastard Duke claims his kingdom. An Anglo-Saxon noble tempts fate in open battle. A comet trails fire through the skies of Europe. Brothers and rivals, allies and invaders all fighting to claim English soil. Many bodies will fatten the fields and there is much that will change.
The Battle of Hastings – 14 October 1066 – represents a crucial turning point in the history of Medieval Europe. The Norman Duke, William, trounced his Anglo-Saxon adversaries who had been loath to recognise a foreigner as King despite the promise made by their own dead sovereign, Edward the Confessor. A just war and a thirst for power were one and the same thing in the intentions and choices made in those days by both commanders and soldiers. And, from Rome, a flag was sent in support of one side.
From that day onwards, England became once again the focus of European interests, and a kingdom destined to rule lands and sea was born under a King who was both a subject and equal of the King of France. This was a battle that served as a prelude to many more over the centuries to come.
A flawless reconstruction and a tightly woven tale that allows the reader to savour every last moment of the history of those revolutionary days.
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