1066: The Year That Changed Everything : The Great Courses: Medieval History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Jennifer Paxton Ph.D. Harvard University
  • Series: The Great Courses: Medieval History
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.
Your journey starts in the 10th and early 11th centuries, when power in England and Normandy was very much up for grabs - and when the small island nation was under continuous assault from Viking forces. Professor Paxton helps you gain a solid grasp of the complex political alliances and shifting relationships between figures such as Emma of Normandy, Cnut, and Edward the Confessor. She also recounts for you the two seminal battles that pitted England against the Scandinavians and the Normans: the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings. Throughout the lectures, Dr. Paxton opens your eyes to continued debates and controversies over this year and offers her own take on the Norman Conquest's enduring legacy and the fascinating results of this epic clash. By exploring the year 1066 – what led up to it, what happened during that fateful year, and what changed as a result - you'll gain a sharper perspective and a greater understanding of everything that would come afterward.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An excellent lecture on a momentous year

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Well, if you want to have a deeper understanding on the conquest and the situation that led up to it, this is vital. This contains the nuance often missing from the open/closed dichotomy taught in schools

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Emma Of Normandy Queen of England is so Pivotal, but I had never heard of her before. She fled to Normandy with her sons, She was the mother to the last Anglo-Saxon King Edward the confessor, who spent his formative years in Normandy.

Did Professor Jennifer Paxton do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Professor Paxton, is a really lively and expressive teacher. She was exhaustive in her explanations. Can't speak highly enough of her.

Did 1066: The Year That Changed Everything inspire you to do anything?

Do my own research

Any additional comments?

After doing my own research I found out that William the conqueror's wife Matilda Duchess of Normandy herself was descended from Alfred the great.

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- Ama


very short, maybe the Norman conquest including Ireland would give more substance. Great execution none the less
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses