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1066: The Year That Changed Everything

Written by: Jennifer Paxton,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
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With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

Your journey starts in the 10th and early 11th centuries, when power in England and Normandy was very much up for grabs - and when the small island nation was under continuous assault from Viking forces. Professor Paxton helps you gain a solid grasp of the complex political alliances and shifting relationships between figures such as Emma of Normandy, Cnut, and Edward the Confessor. She also recounts for you the two seminal battles that pitted England against the Scandinavians and the Normans: the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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This was the first Great Courses course I’ve listened too and because I had such a good experience with this course I started buying more and more courses. I devoured this one morning and I was unable to stop listening. Professor Jennifer Paxton was a joy and I wish she had more courses. I’m still impressed by how much information she was able to pack in 3 hours.
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history learned

learned a lot more then I expected. I will be seeking out the rest of the great courses as well.

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Narration is wonderful

Jennifer Paxton keeps my attention. She lectures with inflection and enthusiasm. Please include more audio with Jennifer.

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Very informative

This is a short and concise history of the William the Conqueror and Norman invasion. It brings in enough detail to understand the main evens without getting too big down in the political confusion. The presenter speaks clearly and at a good pace but she sounded too much like she was reading from a script rather than just lecturing from her knowledge.

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Short and sweet

Great delivery, amazing information. It really shows the speaker’s eminence in the subject.
100% recommended!

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Succinct and precise narrations

Profesor Paxton is a wonderful story teller. I enjoyed very much her narration and accounts of the historical antecedents for 1066. I highly recommend it!

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Great, Consumable Summation

Georgetown University Professor in History Jennifer Paxton offers a concise (6-lecture) class going in-depth into the current understanding of likely THE pivotal event of the history of England: the end of Anglo-Saxon rule and the ascendancy of Norman royalty. The approach is easy to follow, well-researched, and a short enough listen to make it an enjoyable afternoon of enlightenment. I personally recommend that you watch a YouTube video of the Battle of Hastings - there are many - before getting into Lecture 4.. but this series of standalone lectures is organized logically and provides mind's-eye edification.

It's actually pretty hard to pick out something to criticize in this recording.. but if I had to, it would be presentation. Teaching Company/The Great Courses sound engineers are characteristically flawless, and Professor Paxton delivers commendable diction, timbre/cadence, and an interested tone - but the accompanying PDF is lacking maps (and the lecture-by-lecture transcripts are unnecessary).. and Paxton is quite clearly reading her lecture notes verbatim rather than simply presenting the material authoritatively. The illusion of sitting in a darkened classroom is lacking.

Despite those nitpicky caveats, '1066: The Year That Changed Everything' is a fantastic, informative listen. The audiocourse merits 9.5 stars out of 10. I feel incredibly fortunate to have discovered it while still a 'Plus' option, because it's worth paying something for it.

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Entrancing learning

I really enjoyed this little lecture series. It felt like a great introduction to something I never learned in school. Professor Paxton is an excellent speaker and I love listening to her discussion. I look forward to picking up more lectures by her.

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Great introduction

Not my favourite “great course” I’ve ever done. However there really isn’t much to complain about. It’s a short, easy listen that will give you a very broad overview of that happened in 1066 and why some people view it as so important. It was more interesting that I expected however the narration was a little monotone and unenthusiastic.

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engaging and accurate

Jennifer Paxton delivers the material masterfully. Kept me interested the entire time and easily digestible.

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