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William the Conqueror by Jacob Abbott

William the Conqueror by Jacob Abbott
  • #: 248374
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2009-12-29
  • Current Version: 1.0
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  • Size: 2.00 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: IndiaNIC Infocom Limited
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2 or later
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William the Conqueror

by Jacob Abbott

Excerpt: "One of those great events in English history, which occur at distant intervals, and form, respectively, a sort of bound or landmark, to which all other events, preceding or following them for centuries, are referred, is what is called the Norman Conquest. The Norman Conquest was, in fact, the accession of William, duke of Normandy, to the English throne. This accession was not altogether a matter of military force, for William claimed a right to the throne, which, if not altogether perfect, was, as he maintained, at any rate superior to that of the prince against whom he contended. The rightfulness of his claim was, however, a matter of little consequence, except so far as the moral influence of it aided him in gaining possession. The right to rule was, in those days, rather more openly and nakedly, though not much more really, than it is now, the right of the strongest."

About The Author:

Jacob Abbott graduated from Bowdoin College and studied at Andover Theological Seminary.

He was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College.

He was pastor of Eliot Congregational Church (which he founded), at Roxbury, Massachusetts.

He was principal of the Mount Vernon School for Boys, in New York City.

He was a prolific author, writing juvenile fiction, brief histories, biographies, religious books for the general reader, and a few works in popular science.



This book is a nice easy read for a little William 101. I picked this as my first book to learn the actual story of William the Conqueror. The text is easy yet very informative. This is a good starter book before moving into a more detailed biography. Jacob Abbott gives a short intro into William's Viking ancestors who were the first Dukes of Normandy. Then we get a chapter on William's father, Duke Robert who named his illegitimate son heir. From their William had to overcome his mark of birth and assert himself as a worthy heir to Normandy. William was always proving himself as he grew into a great warrior and leader. He fights off would be relatives who seek to take his throne and even challenges the King of France. Mr. Abbott explains how he came to be named heir to the English throne by his cousin Edward, Saxon King of England. Then we have the build up and ultimate crossing of the English Channel and the battle of Hastings in 1066. Finally we move to the beginning of his reign of England and the "Normanization" of Britain begins. Ultimately his death is caused by his oldest son being in constant rebellion and William is wounded on campaign. Although his end was not glorious, his legacy lives on in Britain today. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about William, Normandy and the Battle of Hastings.

Shawn Marchinek

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