World in Year 1066 – Crusader Kings III DOCUMENTARY

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Kings and Generals historical animated documentary series continues with a video on the year 1066- one of the starting dates of the upcoming Crusader Kings III. In this video, we give a broad overview of the kings, dynasties, states, religions, and rivalries of Afro-Eurasia in 1066, with a focus on the situation in the British isles and the rivalry of 3 kings – Harald Hardrada, Harold Godwinson and William the Conquerer, and the rise of the Seljuks in the Middle East.

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The video was made by Yağız Bozan and Murat Can Yağbasan, while the script was researched and written by Leo Stone

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  1. 1066 really was the precipice of the modern world. Before it, Anglo Saxons still ruled England, half of Spain and Sicily were Muslim, the Romans were still one of the world’s great powers, and the Turks had not quite broken through.

    After, England became England, Spain slowly became Spain, the Latin west established superiority over the orthodox east leading to the rise of Western Europe, the Romans’ terminal decline finally began, the Turks became a world power. A really, really fascinating time. Confusing, but extremely rewarding, to learn about.

    Great video and thanks so much!

  2. These Year in History overviews are fantastic. You should seriously consider doing several more. I bet you’d get completely new viewers, as people regularly google things like “what did the world look like in X year?” And K&G would pop up with an amazing video 🙂

    I believe you’ve done one in the aftermath of western Rome’s fall, set in the mid-500s. As well as the 867 and 1066 ones.

    Other great time periods would be 490 BCE at the dawn of the Greco-Persian wars; 300-250 BCE during the Hellenic period, which is super confusing (and would set up the Punic Wars nicely); The Year 1 (Pax Romana, Parthians, Germanic tribes rising, Slavs, Kushan Empire, Han China); 300 CE (Tetrarchy, Sassanids, Guptas, barbarian invasions of China); then you’ve covered 500s, 800s, 1000s. After that, I don’t know as much about the late Middle Ages or modern era, but I’m sure a 1300 (mongols, continued rise of Latin west), 1492 (get to include the new world!!) and maybe a 1776 would be great.

  3. Great video ! I've been trying to piece together a time line of those same areas. Really interested in beginnins – cities – trade – migration – tools – and yes battles.
    Are you thinking of doing more centuries ??

  4. In this game, it's far more easier to convert other country. In my gameplay as Dhunnunid, I attack Galicia and imprison two people, heir to the throne of Galicia and ruler of Galicia's vassal. I convert both of them and voila, I re-reconquista without even conquer the entire iberia. Galicia did a good job with that.

  5. Meanwhile the world at (in-game) 1166, Denmark holds half of italy, Byzanium holds Iceland and France has a couple of provinces in central Asia 😀

  6. I'm actually impressed by your map of territory of Latvia, although it is not really quite accurate I believe for 1066 but it has some actual tribes and where they lived, and we do not have good historical records from that era. And in any case a much better effort than most would do for this period of time and our region.
    But I think Estonian one is completely bad, it wasn't like Livonians had control of all that territory…


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