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Book categories: William the Conqueror, His Wife, His Children, Edward the Confessor, King Harold, Conquest & Normans, Bayeux Tapestry, Domesday Book, Conqueror's Sons, Fiction, Children's Books, DVDs
William the Conqueror by David Bates. Assesses each phase of William's life to establish why so many trusted him to invade England. From the Yale English Monarchs series.
William: King and Conqueror by Mark Hagger. This biography takes a look at King William I's life and leadership.
William I: England's Conqueror by Marc Morris. A brief biography of the Norman king whose disastrous coronation was an omen of catastrophes to come.
William the Conqueror: The Norman Impact Upon England by David C. Douglas. A scholarly look at William and the Conquest.
Those Who Knew Him
The Man Behind the Bayeux Tapestry: Odo, William the Conqueror's Half Brother by Trevor Rowley. The first full-length biography of Odo of Conteville, the younger half-brother of William the Conqueror. Ordained Bishop of Bayeux while still in his teens, he commissioned the Bayeaux Tapestry and also played a pivotal role in the planning of the Conquest of England.
The Gesta Guillelmi of William of Poitiers by Gulielmus, R. H. C. Davis, and Marjorie Chibnall. Written by a priest who served in William the Conqueror's court. Includes an account of the Battle of Hastings.
Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I by Tracy Borman. Biography of Matilda of Flanders, the passionate, wise, and ruthless wife of William the Conqueror.
Silk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest by Sharon Bennett Connolly. Traces the fortunes of Edith Swan-neck, Matilda of Flanders, Emma of Normandy, and others.
King Edward the Confessor
Books About King Harold II
1066 and Hastings
1066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth. An entertaining and informative work of popular history.
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Marc Morris. Explains why England was so vulnerable to William the Conqueror's attack; and how William's hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unraveled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions, and the demands of his fellow conquerors.
The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Harriet Harvey Wood. Argues that the Normans' illegal attack destroyed a highly developed civilization, and that King Harold ought to have won the battle and enjoyed a peaceful reign.
1066 and Before All That: The Battle of Hastings, Anglo-Saxon and Norman England by Ed West. Explains how the disastrous Battle of Hastings changed England and the English forever.
The Battle of Hastings by Jim Bradbury is an illustrated military history.
The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror's Subjugation of England by Teresa Cole. Reassesses the Norman Conquest, the genocide in northern England, and the Domesday Book designed to extract riches from a subdued kingdom.
Kings and Lords in Conquest England by Robin Fleming. A study of landholding and alliance in England from 950 to 1086, a period in which the fortunes of lay lords and their families rose and fell dramatically.
Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166 by George Garnett. Argues that William I's claim to succeed Edward the Confessor profoundly influenced the royal succession and helped create a novel structure of land tenure, dependent on the king.
The Bayeux Tapestry by David M. Wilson. In a series of vivid scenes, the Bayeux Tapestry relates William the Conqueror's invasion of England and his victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This book reproduces the tapestry in full color, with captions on a fold-out page for easy reference.
A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry by R. Howard Bloch. Reveals the history, the hidden meaning, the deep beauty, and the enduring allure of this astonishing piece of cloth.
King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry edited by Gale R. Owen-Crocker. Essays explore the long career of Harold Godwinesson and whether his kingship was opportunist or long-planned. Did Harold survive Hastings? The second part of the book focuses on the Bayeux Tapestry: where and how it was designed, and the artist's sources.
1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford. The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England, but this book suggests it presents an account of the final years of Anglo-Saxon England quite different from the Norman version.
The Bayeux Tapestry: Monument to a Norman Triumph by Wolfgang Grape. Presents the theory that the Bayeaux Tapestry originated in Bayeaux itself.
Domesday Book: A Complete Translation by G. Martin, Ann Williams. Compiled in 1086, the Domesday Book is a summary of William the Conqueror's survey of most of England. It offers a remarkable portrait of England in the late 11th century.
Domesday Book: Its Place in Administrative History by Vivian Hunter Galbraith.
The Domesday Book edited by Elizabeth Hallam and David Bates. Challenges orthodox views to give an intriguing story of the origins of England's greatest historical record and new insights into its contents.
Domesday: The Inquest and the Book by David Roffe. Argues that the Domesday Book was compiled in the aftermath of the revolt against William II.
The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer. Novel about William the Conqueror, who invaded England in the 11th century and became king. First published in 1931.
Wife to the Bastard by Hilda Lewis. Novel about Matilda of Flanders, queen to William the Conqueror - the first woman in England ever crowned or known as Queen.
The Bastard King by Jean Plaidy. A popular historical novelist tells William the Conqueror's story. This is the first book in Plaidy's Norman Trilogy. The sequels are The Lion of Justice (about Henry I) and The Passionate Enemies (about Stephen and Matilda).
William the Conqueror: Last Invader of England by Tom McGowen. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.
William the Conqueror by Susan Harkins. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.
William the Conqueror: The First Norman King of England by Paul Hilliam. Biography for young adult readers.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.
Great Kings of England - William the Conqueror. A documentary featuring dramatic re-enactments.
William the Conqueror. A History Channel documentary about the Norman invasion and its aftermath.
The Battle of Hastings 1066: Tapestry of a Battle. A 2007 documentary.