New PDF release: A Companion to the Anglo-Norman World

By Christopher Harper-Bill, Elisabeth van Houts

ISBN-10: 1843833417

ISBN-13: 9781843833413

By the point of the Conquest, the Normans were verified in Normandy for over 150 years. they'd remodeled themselves from pagan Northmen into Christian princes; their territories prolonged from England, southern Italy and Sicily to far away Antioch, and their impression 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 background and tradition, with far-reaching results for Western civilisation. those particularly commissioned reviews are enthusiastic about the achievements of the cross-Channel realm. They make an incredible contribution to an figuring out of the hundred years that witnessed nice swap and significant advancements in English and Norman executive and society. There are surveys of the 2 constituent components, of Normandy less than the Angevin kings, of where of state 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 large 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 strength, IAN brief, ANN WILLIAMS.

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Ralph may have hoped thereby to divert their attentions away from the central theater of Frankish politics. 27 In retaliation, the counts of Flanders and Vermandois, who were allies of King Ralph, defeated Rollo in battle at Eu, on the Bresle River. 28 This brief account of Rollo’s career in Francia should dispel any notions that Rollo and his companions merely sought a quiet corner in which to live. Rollo flung himself into Frankish politics, and he played at the highest level. 29 But the Franks were reluctant to consider Normans equal partners.

Bulst and P. Reynolds, Oxford 1989, 36–37. 23 M. ’ BIHR xxviii, 1955, 1–14. 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.

The pre-Conquest kings (like all successful rulers of this period) took care to maintain direct links between themselves and the local communities in various ways. In areas where the royal demesne was extensive (basically the shires of Wessex and southern Mercia) the reeves who managed the royal estates represented the king’s interests. 103 Sheriffs were, in theory at least, king’s men, not earls’ men, responsible for the royal estates, and accountable to the king for his share (the king’s two pennies) of the profits of the shire and hundred courts.

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