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William the Conqueror

Jacob Abbott

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William I, also known as William the Conqueror was the first Norman King of England from Christmas 1066 until his death. This volume is dedicated to William the Conqueror.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He gave up the keys and withdrew with his garrison. William was then allowed to leave Evreux and return home, and soon afterward the castle was razed to the ground.

Difficulties which followed.
War with Henry.

This affair produced, of course, a great deal of animosity and irritation between the governments of France and Normandy; and where such a state of feeling exists between two powers separated only by an imaginary line running through a populous and fertile country, aggressions from one side and from the other are sure to follow. These are soon succeeded by acts of retaliation and revenge, leading, in the end, to an open and general war. It was [Pg 64]so now. Henry marched his armies into Normandy, seized towns, destroyed castles, and, where he was resisted by the people, he laid waste the country with fire and sword. He finally laid siege to the very castle of Falaise.

William rescues Falaise.
William received with acclamations.
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Community Reviews

Before reading this book I knew absolutely nothing about William the Conqueror except his name and the date of 1066. I was hesitant about reading this book because it was written over 100 years ago, and I must confess that the author looked like a stodgy old professor that would have written some...more

Today I learned William the Conqueror was reportedly quite handsome on top of all his other qualities, and that he is significant and interesting for much more than Hastings and Domesday Book. Such an ignominious end for such a man! Seems like his story would be great fodder for a major movie.

For a history book, this is a highly entertaining read. Jacob Abbot has a way of keeping the take on this particular period in time interesting. The book starts by telling the reader a little bit about Rollo, and how the Vikings were able to capture such a prominent bit of land as Normandy. The s...more

Good read... Being related to the Conqueror this was a must read... I was not disappointed. It was an excellent tale of his accomplishments and his wife and family.

3.5 stars

I've read much about William the Conqueror, but it took Jacob Abbott to explain how the geography and weather patterns of the English Channel influenced 1066.

The line of coast on the southern side of the Channel, which forms, of course, the northern border of Normandy, is a range of cliffs, whic...more

There is most certainly an old day Ivory Tower approach to this writing. The book has a copyright year of 1899; however, the author passed away in 1879. This merely suggests that one of the children later did the smart thing and protected the work accordingly. The Ivory Tower of this written styl...more

After watching the TV series "Vikings" on the cable TV History Channel, I've been wanting to learn more about the Vikings and the Norman conquest.

I'd been avoiding the Normans for many years now, especially after what happened to the Saxon King, Harold Godwinson, - every inch a king until he met...more

This book is the biography of man who lived in the 11th century, written by a man who lived in the 19th century. That perspective makes it an interesting read, IMO much more than the actual biography of a medieval warlord. For this I gave it a 4-star rating.

Abbott, a very popular American writer...more

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