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1016 & 1066
1016 & 1066

1016 & 1066

Why the Vikings Caused the Norman Conquest


160 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $32.95)

Publication Date: May 2017

ISBN 9780719819193

Rights: US & CA

Crowood Press (May 2017)

Price: $24.95


The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Viking Conquest by Cnut in 1016 both had huge impacts 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.

Author Biography

Martyn Whittock is the author of 42 history books, including A Brief History of the Third Reich and A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths. Hannah Whittock  is the co-author of The Viking Blitzkrieg AD789-1098 and The Anglo-Saxon Avon Valley Frontier.