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.'
Chronicling the 'other Norman invasion', The Normans in the South is the epic story of the House of Hauteville, and in particular Robert Guiscard, perhaps the most extraordinary European adventurer between the times of Caesar and Napoleon.
In 1806, Domesday Book, perhaps the most remarkable historical document in existence, was compiled. This tremendous story of England and its people was made at the behest of the Norman king William the Conqueror. It was called Domesday, the day of judgement, because 'like the day of judgement, its decisions are unalterable'.
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.
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.
This portrait of the Anglo-Scandinavian world is supplementary reading for 2nd/3rd year undergraduate courses in Medieval British history and the Norman Conquest. Set against the backdrop of Viking raids and the Norman Conquest of 1066, the book unravels the history of a feuding family that determined the course and fortunes of all the English.
A history written in the period after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Contains unique information about the family of the earls of Warenne and unique details on the commemoration of Queen Edith/Matilda, her husband Henry I's rule in Normandy, and the first use of the adjective 'Norman-English' for English inhabitants of Norman origin.
An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. It is an invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought. This book explains why the Norman Conquest was the single most important event in English history.
Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England and formally recognised as such by her subjects. Beyond this, however, little is known of her. Who was this spectral queen? In this biography, the author sifts through the shards of evidence to uncover an extraordinary story.
The two-and-a-half centuries after 1066 were momentous ones in the history of Britain. In 1066, England was conquered. The Anglo-Saxon ruling class was destroyed and the English became a subject race, dominated by a Norman-French dynasty and aristocracy. This book shows how the English domination was by no means a foregone conclusion.
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.
This biography of Edward the Confessor, first published in 1970, aims to rescue the image of the King from what the author sees as myth and bogus scholarship. Disentangling fact from legend, the text recreates the final years of the Anglo-Danish monarchy and examines England before the Normans.
The debate on the Norman Conquest is still ongoing. Because of the interest that has been shown in the subject of conquest and its aftermath, interpretations have been numerous and conflicting; students bewildered by controversies may find this book a useful guide through the morass of literature.