A Companion to the Anglo-Norman World by Christopher Harper-Bill, Elisabeth van Houts

By Christopher Harper-Bill, Elisabeth van Houts

By the point of the Conquest, the Normans have been demonstrated in Normandy for over one hundred fifty 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 impact 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 heritage and tradition, with far-reaching effects for Western civilisation. those especially commissioned reviews are enthusiastic about the achievements of the cross-Channel realm. They make a big contribution to an knowing of the hundred years that witnessed nice switch and significant advancements in English and Norman govt 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 fulfillment within the Mediterranean. There are overviews either one of secular management and of the church, and a research 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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Lauer, Paris 1906, 30–31; van Houts, The Normans, 42–51. Flodoard, 17–24. Flodoard, 30–33. Douglas, ‘Rollo’, 433–435. Searle, Predatory Kinship, 54, 281, note 74. PL cxxxii, col. 663. PL cxxxii, col. 665. Adémar de Chabannes, Chronique, ed. J. Chavanon, Paris 1897, 139–140; Complainte de Guillaume Longue-Épée, in J. Lair, Étude sur la vie et la mort de Guillaume Longue-épée, Duc de Normandie, Paris 1893, 66; van Houts, The Normans, 41, 51–2. Normandy, 911–1144 25 outsiders to Frankish society. 33 Assimilation: William Longsword and Richard I The reign of Rollo’s son, William Longsword, underscores the tension between Viking and Frankish traditions within the growing province.

A. 14 A Companion to the Anglo-Norman World support of both the Northumbrians and the Mercians would have been vital in any bid for the kingship, and Tostig’s alienation of the Yorkshire thegns (and perhaps their northern neighbours also) would be a serious embarrassment. 96 In short, perhaps Tostig had some basis for the accusation which he flung at his brother. Edward’s childlessness and the immaturity of the only other member in the male line of the West Saxon royal house meant that a change of dynasty was almost inevitable.

Later writers claimed that the Vikings had depopulated the region, destroying town and countryside. 20 Ecclesiastical life suffered during the invasion period, since 14 Bates, Normandy, 7; L. Musset, ‘Participation de Vikings venus des pays celtes à la colonisation 15 16 17 18 19 20 scandinave de la Normandie’, Cahiers du Centre de recherches sur les pas du Nord et du Nord-Ouest i, 1979, 107–117, reprinted in Nordica et Normannica, 279–296. Douglas, ‘Rollo’, 419. Fauroux, no. 53. Dudo, ed. Christiansen, 29–30.

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