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William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but in recent years it has become customary to assume that the victory was virtually inevitable, given the alleged superiority of Norman military technology. This new study, underpinned by biographical sketches of the great warriors who fought for the crown of England in 1066, shows that this view is mistaken.
Making use of the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn book shows that most of our knowledge of 1066 rests on myths or illusions: Harold did not fight at Hastings with the same army with which he had been victorious at Stamford Bridge three weeks earlier; the Battle of Senlac was not won by Norman archery; Harold did not die with an arrow in the eye. In overturning these myths, McLynn shows the truth is even more astonishing than the legend. An original feature of the book is the space devoted to the career and achievements of Harald Hardrada, who usually appears in such narratives as the shadowy third man. This book shows that he was probably the greatest warrior of the three and that he, in turn, lost a battle through unforeseen circumstances.