New PDF release: 1066 The Conquest

By Peter Fieldman

ISBN-10: 1906645582

ISBN-13: 9781906645588

ENGLAND'S DEFINING second IN background a thousand YEARS in the past ON the most vital DATES IN ENGLISH HISTORY.

A NORMAN DUKE LED THE final INVASION of britain TO turn into KING of britain. APPOINTED DUKE OF NORMANDYAT THE AGE OF 8 at the demise OF HIS FATHER, HE SURVIVED makes an attempt ON HIS lifestyles AND GREW UP IN A MEDIEVAL international packed with INTRIGUE, TREACHERY AND VENGEANCE . AFTER YEARS OF clash HE turned the main robust FEUDAL WARLORD IN NORMANDY AND won THE FRIENDSHIP OF HIS maximum RIVAL, HAROLD, THE SAXON EARL, until eventually the ultimate disagreement at the box close to HASTINGS GAVE HIM THE CROWN . this is often 1066, THE LEGEND OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.

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Waiting silently in the pale light that filters through the tall mullioned windows, hundreds of humble East Enders and obscure workers from peace organisations have gathered in this historic place to pay their last tribute to an old friend. Two days before the full fury of the Blitzkrieg bursts over Europe, George Lansbury, once leader of the Labour Opposition in the House of Commons, passes into history. The most benevolent amongst First Commissioners of Works who created Lidos for the people of London, and the best beloved pacifist of his generation, he had written to a friend soon after his eightieth birthday: "I would love to close my life in freedom from strife, but if we are to save civilisation, we must still take part in the great crusade based on the eternal truth that man-made evils can by man be remedied/' While the Nazi war machine rolls over Holland and Belgium, "Uncle George's" body lies in state amid a glory of spring flowers in the drawing-room of his pleasant cottage in the wide Bow Road.

ENGLAND'S HOUR 43 That night, Winston Churchill announces that over 300,000 of the British Expeditionary Force have been saved, and the Ministry of Home Security, with an eye on the future, decrees that no camping is to be allowed within ten miles of the coast in the East and South of Britain, On June 5th we learn of a great new German thrust towards Paris, the next objective before our own turn comes. In the midst of it, we go down to Swanage for Hilary's half-term. "At least we shall get three quiet nights here," I say to Martin, for our week-ends at the cottage near Southampton are already disturbed by gunfire and distant explosive thuds.

Publishers and editors rejoice; these fireside nights will inevitably mean a large increase in reading. The libraries flourish; sixpenny "Penguins" with white covers carrying scarlet titles appear in their hundreds on every bookstall and are eagerly purchased. I can seldom join the fireside readers, for during the late autumn I have to fulfil an intimidating series of lectures and meetings rashly undertaken some months before the war. In November I travel to Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Reading, Exeter, and Portsmouth, by trains which are slow, crowded, and devoid of restaurants.

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