By Christopher Harper-Bill, Elisabeth van Houts
With its wealth of knowledge and skilful exhibit, the e-book is a really beneficial better half for any traveler via this crowded territory. ENGLISH historic evaluation by the point of the Conquest, the Normans have been verified in Normandy for over one hundred fifty years. that they had remodeled 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 background and tradition, with far-reaching outcomes for Western civilisation. those specifically commissioned reviews are curious about the achievements of the cross-Channel realm. They make a massive contribution to an knowing of the hundred years that witnessed nice swap and significant advancements in English and Norman govt and society. There are surveys of the 2 constituent components, of Normandy below the Angevin kings, of where of state 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 learn of 'feudalism' and lordship. in the huge box of cultural historical past, there are discussions of language, literature, the writing of historical past, and ecclesiastical structure. members 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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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. ’ Forceful and rash, William Longsword demanded to be included in the sphere of Frankish politics, even after he had been rather pointedly excluded.
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. This does not, in itself, imply any weakness in the English kingdom. The death of Henry I in 1135 also led to a disputed succession and a change of dynasty, preceded by a bitter and prolonged struggle which saw the death and dispossession of men who had been rich and powerful, but we do not therefore consider Henry a failure nor his kingdom weak.
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A Companion to the Anglo-Norman World by Christopher Harper-Bill, Elisabeth van Houts