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With its wealth of knowledge and skilful reveal, the ebook is a truly worthwhile significant other for any tourist via this crowded territory. ENGLISH historic assessment by the point of the Conquest, the Normans have been proven in Normandy for over 150 years. that they had reworked themselves from pagan Northmen into Christian princes; their territories prolonged from England, southern Italy and Sicily to far away Antioch, and their effect had unfold all through western Europe and the Mediterranean. Duke William's victory at Hastings and the ensuing Anglo-Norman union introduced England into the mainstream of ecu historical past and tradition, with far-reaching outcomes for Western civilisation. those in particular commissioned stories are concerned about the achievements of the cross-Channel realm. They make an important contribution to an realizing of the hundred years that witnessed nice switch and significant advancements in English and Norman executive and society. There are surveys of the 2 constituent components, of Normandy lower than the Angevin kings, of where of country and duchy within the politics and tradition of the North Sea, and of the parallel Norman success within the Mediterranean. There are overviews either one of secular management and of the church, and a examine of 'feudalism' and lordship. in the wide box of cultural heritage, there are discussions of language, literature, the writing of background, and ecclesiastical structure. participants LESLEY ABRAMS, MATTHEW BENNETT, MARJORIE CHIBNALL, CHRISTOPHER HARPER-BILL, ELISABETH VAN HOUTS, EMMA MASON, RICHARD PLANT, CASSANDRA POTTS, DANIEL energy, IAN brief, ANN WILLIAMS.

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Dumas, Le Trésor de Fécamp et le monnayage en Francie occidentale pendant la seconde moitié du Xe siècle, Paris 1971; L. Abrams, ‘England, Normandy and Scandinavia’, ch. 3 below. Complainte de Guillaume Longue-Épée, 61–70. On the date of this poem, see Jumièges i, xxviii–xxix. Dudo, ed. Christiansen, 64–68. Abrams, ‘England, Normandy and Scandinavia’, ch. 3 below. 41 According to Richer, King Louis IV summoned his vassals to attend a meeting with the emperor Otto the Great. William Longsword arrived with the others, but when the conference was convened, he alone was locked out of the room.

37 Dudo’s account of William Longsword’s reign underlines this central conflict between the Viking and Frankish sides of the Norman identity. Like his father, William Longsword participated in Frankish politics. As the royal 33 On Normans as pirati, see Richer, Histoire de France, ed. R. Latouche, Paris 1930. On Rouen, see A. 34 35 36 37 Poncelet, ‘Vita Sancti Gildardi, episcopi Rothomagnesis et ejusdem translatio Suessiones, anno 838–840 facta’, Analecta Bollandiana viii, 1889, 389–405, at 396–397.

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