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William the Conqueror$
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David Bates

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300118759

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300118759.001.0001

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The Year of Victory

The Year of Victory

(p.211) Chapter 6 The Year of Victory
William the Conqueror

David Bates

Yale University Press

This chapter chronicles the Battle of Hastings, with remarks on the proliferation of literature produced after the battle. This almost frenetic productivity, the chapter shows, makes the interpretation of the year 1066 and the years that followed different from that of any other period of William's life. Much that we rely on to provide our evidence was forged in the crucibles of victory and defeat and must be read with this in mind. For William, this was the year of the great victory and, in William of Malmesbury's famous words, ‘the day of destiny for England, a fatal disaster for our dear country’. The shaping of the invasion and its consequences for the decisions and events that followed are central to William's historical reputation.

Keywords:   William's reputation, Battle of Hastings, invasion of England, William's conquests, William of Poitiers, Harold I

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