1066: The Year That Changed Everything (Great Courses, #8422)

1066: The Year That Changed Everything (Great Courses, #8422)

Jennifer Paxton / Aug 23, 2019

The Year That Changed Everything Great Courses If you were to look back at hundreds of years of history in search of the one critical moment after which the history of the English speaking world would never be the same again it would undoubtedly

  • Title: 1066: The Year That Changed Everything (Great Courses, #8422)
  • Author: Jennifer Paxton
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  • Page: 369
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  • If you were to look back at hundreds of years of history in search of the one critical moment after which the history of the English speaking world would never be the same again, it would undoubtedly be the year 1066.It was during this pivotal time that an event occurred that would have untold ramifications for the European continent the Norman Conquest of England.But whyIf you were to look back at hundreds of years of history in search of the one critical moment after which the history of the English speaking world would never be the same again, it would undoubtedly be the year 1066.It was during this pivotal time that an event occurred that would have untold ramifications for the European continent the Norman Conquest of England.But why does this moment matter so much, both for the medieval world and for us today in the 21st century While the true meaning and importance of the Norman Conquest has been sharply debated, medievalist and award winning Professor Jennifer Paxton of Georgetown University argues that the Norman Conquest, and the entire year of 1066, matters deeply for two key reasons.It turned England away from a former Scandinavian orientation toward an orientation with mainland Europe, making the island nation a major player in Europe s political, social, cultural, and religious events.It created a rich hybrid between English and French culture that had a profound impact on everything from language and literature to architecture and law.In fact, it was only with the tumultuous events of the year 1066 that England was equipped to become a full participant in the unprecedented developments of the Middle Ages and the centuries that followed And with 1066, Professor Paxton s exciting and historically rich six lecture course, you can experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, 1066 will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much .

    by topic Leaders Political entities State leaders Religious leaders Birth and death categories Births Deaths Establishments and disestablishments categories The Year of the Conquest The year is one of the most important dates in the history of the Western world the year William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings and BBC History British History in depth Feb , The year began with the death of a king, and ended with a shout and a trembling new monarch The political scheming and hotly fought battles of the months in between made it a year Visit Country Official East Sussex Tourist Hastings Country is home to some of Sussex s finest coast and countryside including the famous historic site on which the Battle of Hastings was fought The amazing town of Hastings is home to Europe s largest beach launched fishing fleet, which is celebrated every year in the town s three fish festivals Bexhill is home to the striking modernist De La Warr Pavilion, which can be English Words from French The Norman Conquest Video Words of the Year Or, Why Pig Meat is Called Pork and Cow Meat is Called Beef and All That A memorable history of England A comic satire upon textbook history squeezing in all the history you can remember from the Olden Days and dashing Queen Woadicea to the reigns of the Eggkings Eggberd, Eggbreth and Eggforth, and their mysterious Eggdeath , from the dreadful story of Stephen and his aunt Matilda to the Magna Charter, from the six burglars of Calais to the disillusion of the monasteries and the life of Broody Battle of Hastings The Battle of Hastings was fought on October between the Norman French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo Saxon King Harold Godwinson, beginning the Norman conquest of England.It took place approximately miles kilometres northwest of Hastings, close to the present day town of Battle, East Sussex, and was a decisive Norman victory. Battle of Hastings, The Art of Battle Click here to view animation Ensure you hit F or View Show Animation not displaying properly Harold Godwinson versus William of Normandy Fresh off a recent battlefield victory, an English army under Harold occupies favourable defensive terrain to block the advance of an invading Norman army under William William must defeat Harold and break out of the peninsula he has established a base RHB BANK BERHAD Bursa Malaysia Market General Meetings Previous Next Apr Annual General Meeting Venue Taming Sari Grand Ballroom, Level G, Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur Apr Annual General Meeting Venue Taming Sari Grand Ballroom, Level G, Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur. The Norman Kings History of England William was indeed a bastard in that his father and mother never married His father Robert The Devil , Duke of Normandy spotted his mother Arlette, a teenager years old , while she was washing herself in a local stream and her youthful, semi naked, body provided the stimulus for an immediate union and months later William was born.

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      • Jennifer Paxton

        Dr Jennifer Paxton is Professorial Lecturer in History at Georgetown University, where she has taught for than a decade, and Visiting Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University of America The holder of a doctorate in history from Harvard University, where she has also taught and earned a Certificate of Distinction, Professor Paxton is both a widely published award winning writer and a highly regarded scholar, earning both a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and a Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowship She lectures regularly on medieval history at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and has also been invited to speak on British history at the Smithsonian Institution and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC Professor Paxton s research focuses on England from the reign of King Alfred to the late 12th century, particularly the intersection between the authority of church and state and the representation of the past in historical texts, especially those produced by religious communities She is currently completing a book, Chronicle and Community in Twelfth Century England, that will be published by Oxford University Press It examines how monastic historians shaped their narratives to project present polemical concerns onto the past.Jennifer is the daughter of well known folk singer Tom Paxton.


    1. I've finished the book. So final thoughts. Read this only because the details of succession to the English throne fascinate you. Otherwise forget it. The details of how the Normans changed the UK for all time are never discussed. Jennifer Paxton has written other books with fascinating titles, but after this one, I'm going to give them all a miss. Very disappointing indeed. ____________Unhooked I really thought that this book was going to be about the critical change in focus that the Norman Con [...]

    2. I'm rather fuzzy on this period of history beyond the generally famous facts, dates, and stories/myths. So I went into this with the expectation of getting a broad, yet detailed, grounding in what went on before and shortly after 1066. And that's exactly what I got. Very informative and interesting, and Jennifer Paxton conveyed the info in a "friendly lecturer" manner.This is the first "The Great Courses" audio I've listened to, and it was a good introduction to the series. It definitely sparked [...]

    3. These Great Courses live up to their name. I've read English history, but Dr. Paxton, as always with these courses, adds so much to what I knew and even to my general perspective on the events and people. I personally am glad that she went into the strategies of Medieval war and into the exact details of William the Conqueror's conquest. Dr. Paxton also contextualizes the whole scene of England, Scandinavia, France, and Normandy. I didn't know that prior to 1066, England was closer to Scandinavi [...]

    4. Jennifer Paxton's "1066"The Year That Changed Everything" is part of the Great Course series. The course covers the year of 1066 with discussion of preceding and subsequent events. I found Dr. Paxton an expert and effective presenter of the course. The Great Courses products consists of entry college level courses, each encompassing multiple lectures.The presenters are all experienced academics and University level lecturers. The presenters generally have a doctorate and deep understanding in th [...]

    5. This short lecture series was perfect for my desire to learn more about the happenings in England of the year 1066 without delving too deeply into the details. The lecturer touches on the major leaders involved, and their interrelationships. The lecturer also talks some about the immediate as well as long-term effects of 1066 and some of the ways that it has been viewed and interpreted over the centuries. I enjoyed it very much.

    6. Before I read this, I didn't know Harold Harefoot from Harold Godwinson! (They were two of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England.) Short but very interesting lecture series. Paxton describes not only how William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings but also how he held onto England -- partly through military skill but mostly through economic and political and religious pressures, as well as cultural blending, strategic intermarriage, and the paying off of potential invaders. I'm glad that th [...]

    7. History that is right up my alley. All told it was only 3 hours long, but it was at about just the right level of overview, with enough interesting details and anecdotes to keep it fresh (and to keep it from getting boring for non-history lovers). I was not very knowledgeable about the century that predated the Battle of Hastings, and was really interested to learn that until then England was essentially a Norse holding. Fascinating!

    8. This is a short, 6 part history course by The Great Courses that explains the lead-up to the Norman invasion, the actual Battle of Hastings, and its ramifications on England. Jennifer Paxton is an excellent instructor. If you are interested in Medieval England, I recommend another of these courses called Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest, also taught by Paxton.

    9. Professor Paxton gives 6 lectures (30 mins each) on the events leading up and after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This is not about the battle, though that is lightly covered. It is about the many events prior and some after that secured William as the Conqueror. It is a good lecture, filled with information. It is obvious that Professor Paxton really likes this topic, and has a lot to offer.

    10. Very good! I will listen again, and will look for additional lectures. Left me wanting more - not a bad thing!

    11. Interesting but a little light on details and a bit too much of a fannish attitude toward William, particularly regarding controversies such as the Harrowing of the North. Could have done with being longer and having more time to go into detail and offer broader sources.

    12. I very much enjoyed this short course. Of course, I always love history that surprises me in some way. I will probably re-listen to get the facts straight.

    13. Konsis og levande framstilling av både opptakta til 1066, hendingane i det året og til sist konsolideringa av Vilhelms erobringar.

    14. Really interesting trek through history. Very sissynced and to the point, covering the most important parts of how William the Conquer was able to take over England.

    15. In this series of lectures Jennifer Paxton does a terrific job of not only outlining what happened but why and why it matters. Paxton brings a unique perspective by explaining the roots of the conflict which go back centuries. Though I have read several books on the subject, I was not aware of the hereditary claim of Harold Hardrada. I was not clear to me the extent of Edward the Confessor's Norman background. By going back the the 9th century with family connections, Paxton clarifies not only w [...]

    16. Most of the Great Courses or similar lecture series that I listen to are much longer than this. But after running low on listening choices, and having enjoyed The Norsemen: Understanding Vikings and Their Culture, another short lecture series, I thought I would give this a try. Honestly, I thought I already knew most of what happened during the conquest, or at least the main points. But I hadn't realized just how messy and complicated the issue of the succession to the throne of England was. It [...]

    17. This is an audio short course comprised of 6-30 minute lectures, with course notes in PDF format. Dr Paxton presents a short, concise review of the circumstances and personalities involved in the invasion and assimilation of the Norman conquerors into the mainstream English society. It seems to have very direct similarities to the Hellenization of the eastern Mediterranean, in that William attempted to blend with rather than dominate the English, without abandoning the Norman legacy. It seems to [...]

    18. Professor Jennifer Paxton is a good lecturer. Her courses are well organised and interestingly presented. She tells a good story and makes the subject easily accessible, providing a factual over view of the period. I would recommend this course of 6 lectures to students of the period and anyone with an interest in finding out what happened, why and what the consequences were. It works well for general interest as well as providing a factual grounding for further study.The Great Courses are avail [...]

    19. The course deals with William the conqueror, and the conquest of England.The course helps you to understand several things:- The importance of leadership and political alliances.- The value of selecting your closest ones, especially your partner.- The achievement of uniting cultures so that the effects are long term.England owes a lot of what it is to this conquest: its union with the continent, much of its political legacy and freedom from the king, many words of its language, and so on.

    20. Last summer my son and I visited Bayeaux and saw the great tapestry about the conquest. This lecture provided more context about the historical significance, particularly with respect to the English language. It also explained to me why so many English school children were in Normandy at the tapestry museum. While I agree the lecturer was interesting, her voice was grating and I sometimes got lost in the who's who of men claiming the throne. The lecture underscored the importance of knowing who [...]

    21. The year 1066 has been fixed in my mind since I was 11 years old. It's the only date that my older sister could remember from her history class, and she endlessly parroted that knowledge to the rest of the family. Before this course, however, the only thing I could really pass along was, "1066-when William of Normandy invaded and conquered England." It was short, but well-paced, informative, interesting, and definitely piqued my interest in that time period. Now, full of knowledge, I could defin [...]

    22. A good quick over view of the conquest of Britain by the Norman willam the conqueror. It aims only 6 lectures and about 3 hours, so you can imagine that the discussion of 1066 is pretty quick. I love Queen Emma, so I was happy to see her included. Additionally, there is some discussion of the Bauyex Tapastry--although I wish there had been more. Paxton does a decent job. I reccomend as a sta.rting point for understanding g 1066.

    23. An enjoyable listen that gives more depth to the invasion of 1066 than you usually get in general history. It starts about 40 years before the invasion to set that stage and characters. The inter-relationships are fascinating. In addition, the follow-up for events after 1066's Battle of Hastings is much more complete too, making sense of the integration of the French-speaking Danes and the English population, putting the lie to Scott's Ivanhoe. Recommended.

    24. Prof. Paxton is a very able lecturer. There were only six segments, and each was just 30 minutes, but she was able to give a comprehensive history, including some very intricate genealogy/claims to ascension and detailed movements, and have it all make sense. On top of that, she made it clear why all of this mattered and continues to matter. Extremely well done.

    25. The course was well presented with the characters introduced in an order of appearance. The course was understandable and very informative. The event was set in the political environment of Europe and England especially.

    26. Fascinating. I didn't know the story of William the Conquerer. This was a bite-size lecture that provided interesting details about what was happening in England (& Europe) in 1066. Love Great Courses.

    27. Excellent, if not cursory, overview of the events leading up to 1066. I am decidedly not a big reader of pure history, but this short entry kept my attention and leaves with me the desire for more.

    28. You can speed date this period in history by listening to the 6 fascinating lectures on this recording. Questions are raised and hypotheses aired.

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