The Battle of Hastings is well known. This book takes those historic events and puts human faces to the participants. William The Conqueror is portrayed as crass, the embodiment of evil and the perpetrator of atrocities Harold II is portrayed as a much more civilized figure. However civilized behavior is relative.
The brutality of war is clearly and graphically detailed. There is no doubt that that type of despicable behavior actually accompanied the wars of the times. You don't have to look any further than the current crop of wars to see despicable behavior.
This book is one of those that makes history come alive and captivate the imagination. One tends to forget that Machiavellian behavior came from the historic Machiavelli. Holloway has written a captivating slice of English history.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.