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William the Conqueror's victory at Hastings has captured the imaginations of student and soldier alike, for it was one out of a relatively small number of major, decisive battles fought during the Middle Ages. William's career in Normandy and Brittany before 1066 set the stage for England's entrance into the context of continental warfare. The first proper encounter between the Anglo-Saxon infantry and the Norman bowmen and cavalry in 1066 has been regarded as a case study for the conduct of eleventh-century warfare, and the tactics applied at Hastings have been the foci of Anglo-Norman military study for decades. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which addresses a portion of this timeframe referred to as the Angevin period of English history that is traced loosely from the coronation of Henry II in 1154 to the death of King John in 1216.

Keywords: Angevin period; Anglo-Norman military study; Henry II; William

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