If ever there was a year of destiny for the British Isles, 1066 must have a strong claim. King Harold faced invasion not just from William and the Normans across the English Channel but from the Dane, King Harald Hadrada. Before he faced the Normans at Hastings in October he had fought and defeated the Danes at York and neighbouring Stamford Bridge in September. What dramatic changes of fortune, heroic marches, assaults by land and sea took place that year! This book explains what really happened and why in what is arguably the 'best-known' but worst understood battle in British history.
Peter Marren is a writer, journalist and military historian. An active member of the Battlefields Trust, his book about Scottish warfare, Grampian Battlefields, was runner-up for the Saltire Prize in 1990, and he has written well-researched articles on medieval battles, including Lewes, Evesham, Harlaw and Tewkesbury. He is also the author of a dozen books on natural history, bibliography and rural life, including The New Naturalists (1995), Britain's Rare Flowers (1999) and Nature Conservation (2002). He writes regularly for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Countryman, British Wildlife, BBC Wildlife and Plant Talk. Peter lives at Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire.