1066: The Year That Changed Everything

Gain a greater understanding of a year full of pivotal changes, including what led up to it, what happened during that fateful year, and everything that would come afterward.
1066: The Year That Changed Everything is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 60.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I found it very interesting I am interested in the genetic heritage of my family; my roots are mainly Germanic (German, Dutch, and Scandinavian) and have traced my family history to 1380, yet Ancestry DNA analysis classified me as mainly British. Their error is because they base their haplogroups on the genetic makeup of the current residents of the UK, NOT the peoples that lived there 600-700 years ago. The Norman Conquest, bringing even more Danish genes to England, explains how I have Scandinavian genes even though none of my family comes from a Scandinavian country per se. I also loved the explanation of the language cross-over, though I wish she had gone into more detail on that aspect.
Date published: 2021-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clear and Compelling I appreciated the structure of the lectures, the attention paid to the women involved (they could be an entire course unto themselves!), and the engaging instructor.
Date published: 2021-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Topic I've listened to all the lectures on this one twice over. I love history in general, but this one was definitely engaging. :) I probably go back to relisten to it again. :)
Date published: 2021-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1066 Professor Paxton gave a series of excellent lectures on the lead up to the Norman invasion of England, the actual conquest itself and its aftermath including especially the effect of the Norman conquest on English culture and language. Although I knew much about the subject I hadn't realized how much England had been part of the Scandinavian world prior to the conquest and how the Norman, although originally Scandinavian, had changed England by bringing what was to them fairly recently adopted French culture and language to England and the degree to which it expanded the English language. Professor Paxton did much to inform the student of these things.
Date published: 2021-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of Detail I've always known that the Norman conquest changed the English language from my studies in history and teaching literacy, but I didn't know the details. Dr. Paxton has taken an incredibly complicated subject and, through a lineage chart, has told a story that helped me understand the major characters and their relationships. I now have a better understanding of how modern English developed.
Date published: 2021-08-18
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Date published: 2021-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great subject, Good course 1066 - William the Conqueror. An exciting era of time!! But the course wavered between excitement, interesting facts, and a fair amount of boredom. I found myself checking the timer to see how much time was left in the lectures. I bought this course and TGC Medieval World (Prof D. Armstrong) as companion courses to TGC Foundations of Western Civilization (Prof T. Noble). As an older (female) adult, I wanted to re-fresh my knowledge of European history. 1066 by Prof Paxton, certainly provides facts, background, locations, and family histories in making this event come alive. So why only 3 stars? The presentation often fell flat - from a slow, robotic-like reading from a teleprompter and; way too many small details that added nothing of importance. I believe this course had been an "Audio only" course; that was clear to see in the poor presentation. The Teaching Company owes Prof Paxton a re-do in full video format. I still recommend the course for the interesting facts, despite the dull presentation.
Date published: 2021-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative and enjoable Masterfully presented by great scholar plying her trade with great distinction
Date published: 2021-06-28
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Overview

With 1066, Professor Jennifer Paxton's exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history-centering on the Norman Conquest of England that would dramatically reshape both English and Western history. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, this course plunges you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and more.

About

Jennifer Paxton
Jennifer Paxton

It was a special joy to me to work with The Great Courses because I was already a longtime customer and fan! I know I had become a better teacher because of my years of listening to the excellent instructors in The Great Courses series.

INSTITUTION

The Catholic University of America

Dr. Jennifer Paxton is Assistant Director of the University Honors Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University of America. She was previously a Professorial Lecturer in History at Georgetown University, where she taught for more than a decade. The holder of a doctorate in history from Harvard University, where she has also taught and earned a Certificate of Distinction, Professor Paxton is both a widely published award-winning writer and a highly regarded scholar, earning both a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and a Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowship. She lectures regularly on medieval history at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and has also been invited to speak on British history at the Smithsonian Institution and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. Professor Paxton's research focuses on England from the reign of King Alfred to the late 12th century, particularly the intersection between the authority of church and state and the representation of the past in historical texts, especially those produced by religious communities. She is currently completing a book, Chronicle and Community in Twelfth Century England, that will be published by Oxford University Press. It examines how monastic historians shaped their narratives to project present polemical concerns onto the past.

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The Norman Conquest through History

01: The Norman Conquest through History

What makes 1066 such a pivotal year in the history of Western civilization? How has the meaning of the Norman Conquest been debated and interpreted over time? And how did two weddings-between the English king Aethelred and the duke of Normandy's sister, Emma, and then, after the death of Aethelred, Emma's marriage to the Danish king Cnut-lay the groundwork for this tumultuous moment? Find out in this lecture that provides crucial information for grasping the Norman Conquest.

33 min
England and Normandy before the Conquest

02: England and Normandy before the Conquest

Take a closer look at the half-century between the Danish conquest of England in 1016 and the fateful year of 1066-a chaotic time when power was up for grabs. Two figures were crucial during this time. The first: Edward the Confessor, who succeeded to the English throne in 1042 but was dominated by the powerful Godwinsons. The second: William the Bastard, the ruler of Normandy, who brought the Norman nobles under control and then set his sights on conquering England.

34 min
The Succession Crisis in England

03: The Succession Crisis in England

Investigate how the relationship between Edward the Confessor and William the Bastard put England and Normandy on a collision course when the childless King Edward had to plan the succession to the English throne. You'll focus on Edward's plans for succession, meet the contenders to the throne, and learn how Harold Godwinson achieved victory at the Battle of Stamford Bridge-only to face another invasion of England from the south.

34 min
The Battle of Hastings

04: The Battle of Hastings

Revisit one of the most important moments in English history: the Battle of Hastings, after which the island nation-and the entire Western world-would never be the same. Dr. Paxton reveals how the Normans mustered up enough men and ships for their invasion; investigates some intriguing mysteries and controversies about the invasion; explains the tactics of medieval warfare; and provides a blow-by-blow account of the battle.

33 min
Completing the Conquest

05: Completing the Conquest

It took several years for William the Conqueror to consolidate the gains he made at the Battle of Hastings. Learn how he used a combination of diplomacy and clever military tactics to take control of London without a fierce battle; how he won over the church so that he could get himself crowned king; how he spent the early years of his reign responding to various rebellions in the northern part of the country; and more.

35 min
The Aftermath of the Conquest

06: The Aftermath of the Conquest

Why does the Norman Conquest matter? Take a closer look at the relationship between the Normans and the English in the generations immediately following the conquest, with a focus on the myriad ways that Norman and English culture intermingled. You'll realize the ultimate legacy of this vital year: the transition of England into the European mainstream.

35 min