William I and the Norman Conquest PDF
by Frank Barlow
Somewhat dated summary of William the Bastard aka the Conqueror. Dr. Barlow does have a handle on his chaeacter though. William was still mostly Viking, though born in Normandy. His attitude concerning England was as a possession. It was a massive loot after a raid. It was meant to be exploited not changed. The mixture of Continental French, Viking, and native Anglo-Saxon/Danish gave England its specific "personality". Barlow does a masterful job of weaving that tapestry while clearly showing the individual threads. A must read for an serious study of English medieval history.
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