When on Christmas Day, 1130, Roger de Hauteville was crowned first King of Sicily, the island entered a golden age. In this second volume of John Julius Norwich's scintillating history of the Normans in Sicily, Norwich describes the 'happiest and most glorious chapter of the island's history.'
Golding investigates the Norman Conquest from a number of perspectives, examining the dynamics of colonisation and the wide-ranging effects of the Norman settlement. Revised, updated and expanded, this new edition of an established text now incorporates the latest research and contains more on key areas such as towns, gender and the peasantry.
Everyone knows what William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but it has become customary to assume that the victory was inevitable, given the alleged superiority of Norman military technology. With biographical sketches of the great warriors who fought for the crown of England in 1066, this work shows that this view is mistaken.
Covers the emergence of the earliest English kingdoms to the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy in 1087. Professor Stenton examines the development of English society, from the growth of royal power to the establishment of feudalism after the Norman Conquest.