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By Matthew Bennett

This booklet offers a whole advent to the Norman Conquest, an occasion which ended in dramatic alterations to the nation's aristocracy, church and management. It introduced a brand new language and cultural impacts and revolutionised army structure with the creation of the citadel. This profound influence used to be no longer caused because the results of a unmarried conflict and it took a five-year warfare for William to set up regulate over his new country. The campaigns are studied intimately, with maps displaying how William's power and strategic intelligence enabled him to defeat his bold competitors and create a brand new order.

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Yet in spite of the relatively bloodless conduct of the siege itself, when the Hojo finally surrendered they were not treated like the Shimazu. Theirs were not distant provinces where an ancestral hand was needed to control them. Instead the Hojo fief was confiscated and given to Tokugawa Ieyasu, while several compulsory suicides followed among the highest reaches of the family. Historians with the benefit of hindsight have tended to see the fall of the Hojo as the final move in Hideyoshi’s war of reunification, after which the surrender of the vast provinces to the north of Odawara become a footnote to the inevitable triumph.

Nevertheless, the prudent Shibata Katsuie sent a messenger to Sakuma Morimasa ordering him to abandon his open siege lines for the security of the newly captured Oiwa castle. Sakuma Morimasa pooh-poohed the idea. Shizugatake would be his before night fell, and he dismissed out of hand any suggestion that Hideyoshi could return to its relief when he was entangled with Gifu. By now a messenger had galloped to Ogaki with the intelligence for Hideyoshi that Oiwa and Iwasaki had fallen and that Shizugatake was likely to follow.

He was pleased to hear that their own losses had been less than 600. Meanwhile, back at the two bases, speculation was growing about the outcome of the expedition. When Hideyoshi heard of the early morning encounter he immediately set off with reinforcements, while Honda Tadakatsu made ready to take him in flank. In fact, it never came to a battle, for Hideyoshi’s force was so vast as to make him extremely sympathetic to Honda’s bravery, and although they could have annihilated the talented Tokugawa captain they did not even threaten him.

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