• William the Conqueror

  • A Captivating Guide to the First Norman King of England Who Defeated the English Army Led by the King of the Anglo-Saxons in the Battle of Hastings
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $14.95

Buy for $14.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

If you want to discover the captivating life of William the Conqueror, then pay attention...

The tale of William the Conqueror is written down by numerous contemporaries with various perspectives. It's a tale that would inspire some, while fascinate and even terrify others. It’s a tale of a man from a seemingly small land rising to rule one of the most powerful, stable kingdoms in all of Europe at the time - a kingdom that would sow the seeds of an empire that would sprout many centuries later. 

William’s story is a fascinating yarn full of twists and turns, wins and losses, political intrigue, and good, old-fashioned raw bursts of emotion.

In William the Conqueror: A Captivating Guide to the First Norman King of England Who Defeated the English Army Led by the King of the Anglo-Saxons in the Battle of Hastings, you will discover topics such as:

  • William’s Early Days: Birth, Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Reign over the Normans
  • The Conquest: Normandy and Britain in the Late 10th Century, the Battle of Hastings, and the Aftermath
  • From Duke to King: Ruling over England and Normandy
  • Final Years and Death
  • William’s Character: Personality Traits, Virtues, Flaws, and Motivations
  • And much, much more!

So if you want to learn more about William the Conqueror, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

©2020 Captivating History (P)2021 Captivating History
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

What listeners say about William the Conqueror

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Overview

A pleasant narration with good summary, this book shows well William's humanity and achievements.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating!

Ever since I was young, I've loved reading about England's early history. This was great to listen to!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Comprehensive history of William the Conqueror

This audio book gives you the foundation to understanding the characteristics of young William and describes the transformation of a boy into a major leader of a powerful empire. It introduces the people who helped to influence him and describes his relationship with them. The role models he was exposed to throughout his childhood and youth played a major role in his education and training and prepared him to rule Normandy at a very young age and even though there was a regent he often made key decisions.

This history explains the conditions leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and why it was fought. Events in both England and in Normandy led to this historic event which changed the history of both England and France and set the stage for future relations between the two great European powers. William's military strategy unified England and protected England from attack of tribes trying to invade England. William's organizational skills and farsightedness paved the way for his dynasty and for many reforms.

This audio book is professionally produced and is pleasant to listen to. The narrator is easy to listen to and easily followed. The research for this audio book is thorough and many surprising facts are revealed throughout the audio production. I learned many new things as I was listening, things I could have used when I was teaching world history. I would have liked to have had resources like this to help my students become more interested and to pay more attention to what I was presenting to them.

This is a great way to pass time while driving and learning history at the same time. In this audio book many things are presented which we have today and which we take for granted. Studying history helps us to understand our society and in many cases our laws. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn of the foundations of our legal system because much of the American legal system is based on English law which had its beginning with William the Conqueror. We owe it to ourselves to know how it started and how it evolved. This is a must listen and learn.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

lots of info condensed into just a few hours

a bit slow to start, but finally gained some traction. will probably relisten later.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Lots of weird names & people endless fighting

Still, a great, quick read! Just pull up an online genealogy as you listen to keep it all straight.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

William the conqueror

I enjoyed this book immensely, The book is very detailed. I enjoyed learning about his childhood, and about the ruler he became



  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A little too much.

I normally love the details presented in the Captivating History titles, but this was a little confusing. Too many characters with too many of the same names, it was difficult to keep them straight and I had to rewind and relisten several times to follow the storyline. Matt did warn us in his prologue that the names would get confusing and he was right. This is one time I'd say fewer details would have been better. I don't know, maybe there is no better way of describing the events without going through all the significant players as confusing as it was to hear the same names over and over again. That said, this was a complete and well-researched biography of William the Conqueror. Also, this narrator's reading seemed uninspiring.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

favorite

This is my favorite era of history to read. I recommend this as a first book. Captivating history won't let you down

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs A
  • Mrs A
  • 04-17-22

Detailed information on duke William of Normandy-

Needed to rewind a few times but quite enjoyed the very detailed information within


  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Helen Unsworth
  • Helen Unsworth
  • 08-27-21

William the Conqueror and the building of an Empire

A fascinating account of William the Conqueror over the 59 years of his life until his death in 1087. It is a very full and factual story covering all the main characters, events, and important dates during his rise to power. So full, that more than one listen is required to fully grasp all the facts narrated. However, one of the benefits of an audiobook is the ease of listening to the same tale over and over again .