(From back cover)
This richly detailed, profusely illustrated book re-creates life in Norman England for the modern reader. Beginning even before the Norman invasion of 1066, enabling the reader to appreciate better the changes brought aout by the Conquest, the book continues through the twelfth century and into the period of the early Angevins.
The prelude to the Norman Conquest, an alien king and aristocracy, the village, the town, the Church, learning and literature, medicine and law, the building crafts, arts, and entertainments are described vividly and completely. Nearly 150 contemporary illustrations supplement the text and help the reader to visualize life in Norman England. Both students and general readers will find this an essential guide to understanding life during that turbulent period.