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

By Christopher Harper-Bill, Elisabeth van Houts

With its wealth of data and skilful demonstrate, the e-book is a truly valuable better half for any traveler via this crowded territory. ENGLISH ancient overview by the point of the Conquest, the Normans were validated 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-off 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 eu historical past and tradition, with far-reaching results for Western civilisation. those in particular commissioned experiences are serious about the achievements of the cross-Channel realm. They make an important contribution to an figuring out 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 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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121 II Cnut 14; 15; 15,1a; 15,3; 62; 71a; 83; Stenton, Anglo-Saxon England, 3rd edn, 506. J. , Leges Henrici Primi, Oxford 1972, 94–5). For the problems of defining the ‘Danelaw’, see D. Hadley, ‘ “And they proceeded to plough and support themselves”: the Scandinavian Settlement of England’, ANS xix, 1997, 69–96, especially pp. 84–6. IV Edgar 2,2; ASC ‘D’, ‘E’, 1065. For a favourable survey of Harold as king, emanating admittedly from a source biased towards him, see Worcester ii, 600–1. R. , The Vita Wulfstani of William of Malmesbury, Camden Society 3rd ser.

More recently, compare E. Z. Tabuteau, Transfers of Property in Eleventh-Century Norman Law, Chapel Hill 1988; F. Lifshitz, The Norman Conquest of Pious Neustria: Historiographic Discourse and Saintly Relics, 684–1090, Toronto 1995. 25 In 923 Rollo and his warband accompanied Charles the Simple’s army on a military campaign near Beauvais. 26 This concession is usually interpreted as a reference to the region that became central Normandy, and it essentially meant that the Normans had carte blanche from the king to expand west from the Seine.

Potts, ‘When the Saints Go Marching: Religious Connections and the Political Culture of Early Normandy’, in Anglo-Norman Political Culture and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance, ed. C. Warren Hollister, Woodbridge 1997, 17–31. For an alternative interpretation of the hagiographical evidence, see F. Lifshitz, ‘The Migration of Neustrian Relics in the Viking Age: the Myth of Voluntary Exodus, the Reality of Coercion and Theft’, Early Medieval Europe iv, 1995, 175–192. ’ Rodulfus Glaber Opera, ed. J.

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