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1016 and 1066
Publisher: Robert Hale
The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Viking Conquest by Cnut in 1016 both had huge impcts on the history of England and yet '1066' has eclipsed '1016' in popular culture. This book challenges that side-lining of Cnut's conquest by presenting compelling evidence that the Viking Conquest of 1016 was the single most influential cause of 1066.
This neglected Viking Conquest of 1016 led to the exiling to Normandy and Hungary of the rightful Anglo-Saxon heirs to the English throne, entangled English politics with those of Normandy and Scandinavia, purged and destabilized the Anglo-Saxon ruling class, caused an English king to look abroad for allies in his conflict with over-mighty subjects and, finally, in 1066 ensured that Harold Godwinson was in the north of England when the Normans landed on the south coast. As if that was not enough, it was the continuation of the Scandinavian connection after 1066 which largely ensured that a Norman victory became a traumatic Norman Conquest.
Hannah Whittock read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University, graduating with a First, and completing an MPhil in Anglo- Saxon history in 2012. She is the co-author (with her father) of The Viking Blitzkrieg AD789-1098 (2013) and The Anglo-Saxon Avon Valley Frontier (2014). She now works for the devolved Welsh government.
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