Book Title: 1066: The Year That Changed Everything
Publisher: The Great Courses
Author: Professor Jennifer Paxton
Why does the year 1066 matter so much - both for the medieval world and for us today in the 21st century? With Professor Paxton's exciting and historically rich six lectures, 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, they plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more. Professor Paxton helps you gain a solid grasp of the complex political alliances and shifting relationships between figures such as Emma of Normandy, the English king Aethelred II, the fierce Danish conqueror Cnut, and Edward the Confessor. You'll also examine the two seminal battles that form the centerpiece of these lectures: the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings - the latter of which is considered one of the definitive conflicts of the medieval world. Throughout the lectures, Dr. Paxton opens your eyes to continued debates and controversies over this year and offers her own take on the Norman Conquest's enduring legacy and the fascinating results of this epic clash. By exploring the year 1066 - what led up to it, what happened during that fateful year, and what changed as a result - you'll gain a sharper perspective and a greater understanding of everything that would come afterward.