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Harold Godwinson was king of England for less than a year and failed to defend England from William the Conqueror's invading Norman army in 1066, an army that wreaked havoc across the country and changed the political history of England forever. Indeed, 1066 was so critical a turning point that it marked the end of the Anglo-Saxon epoch. Harold II: The Doomed Saxon King is the first full-scale biography of England's "lost king," an astute political operator who as Earl of Wessex won the affection of the English people, and the death-bed nomination from Edward the Confessor to succeed him. The Battle of Hasting was a close-run battle that could have gone either way—England would be a very different place today had the fatal arrow missed Harold's eye.
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Peter Rex is a retired history teacher. He was Head of History at Princethorpe College for twenty years. His other books include The English Resistance: The Underground War Against the Normans and Hereward: The Last Englishman both published by Tempus. He is currently writing a new biography of Edward the Confessor, also for Tempus. He lives in Ely.
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Book Description Tempus, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0752435299
Book Description Tempus, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0752435299