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It is the best-known date in English history. And rightly so, for William of Normandy’s conquest of England ushered in major changes in England’s culture, language, land ownership and, indeed, its very place on the international stage

History Revealed January 2015

Our big story…

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1066: THE NORMAN CONQUEST

It would be wrong to think the conquest succeeded overnight – after one cataclysmic battle. The Battle of Hastings was vitally important, but it would take years of hard campaigning before the throne was secure.

Plus… WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR

At first, the new King tried to rule with the cooperation of his subjects, but when they rebelled he could be capable of extreme violence. Here is how William spent 20 years securing his kingdom after Hastings…

Also inside the issue…

ALEXANDER THE GREAT: THE EMPIRE BUILDER

How did a young king from Macedon inspire his modest army to conquer a domain that spanned the ancient world?

HELL IN THE PACIFIC

Of 20,000 Japanese soldiers, few survived the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, while the capture of the island cost the US Marines 25,000 casualties – a quarter of their entire losses in World War II

THE KON-TIKI VOYAGE

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and his hardy crew sailed a basic balsa-wood raft across the Pacific to Polynesia. History Revealed describes their extraordinary odyssey

Plus…

NEW FEATURE: A-Z of History!

What was the Ball of the Burning Men? And other fascinating questions answered by our panel of experts in Q&A

The Victoria Cross in numbers

The Bloody Sunday tragedy

Amelia Earhart and Agatha Christie – the top 10 mysterious disappearances

How Elvis entered the building

You could win a prize by completing this month’s historical crossword

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… and much, much more