A Companion to the Anglo-Norman World

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Christopher Harper-Bill, Elisabeth M. C. Van Houts
Boydell & Brewer, 2003 - History - 298 pages
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With its wealth of information and skilful display, the book is a very useful companion for any traveller through this crowded territory. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW By the time of the Conquest, the Normans had been established in Normandy for over a hundred and fifty years. They had transformed themselves from pagan Northmen into Christian princes; their territories extended from England, southern Italy and Sicily to distant Antioch, and their influence had spread throughout western Europe and the Mediterranean. Duke William's victory at Hastings and the resulting Anglo-Norman union brought England into the mainstream of European history and culture, with far-reaching consequences for Western civilisation. These specially commissioned studies are concerned with the achievements of the cross-Channel realm. They make a major contribution to an understanding of the hundred years that witnessed great change and major developments in English and Norman government and society. There are surveys of the two constituent parts, of Normandy under the Angevin kings, of the place of kingdom and duchy in the politics and culture of the North Sea, and of the parallel Norman achievement in the Mediterranean. There are overviews both of secular administration and of the church, and a study of 'feudalism' and lordship. Within the broad field of cultural history, there are discussions of language, literature, the writing of history, and ecclesiastical architecture. Contributors LESLEY ABRAMS, MATTHEW BENNETT, MARJORIE CHIBNALL, CHRISTOPHER HARPER-BILL, ELISABETH VAN HOUTS, EMMA MASON, RICHARD PLANT, CASSANDRA POTTS, DANIEL POWER, IAN SHORT, ANN WILLIAMS.
 

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Contents

1 England in the Eleventh Century
1
2 Normandy 9111144
19
4 Angevin Normandy
63
5 The Normans in the Mediterranean
87
6 Historical Writing
103
7 Feudalism and Lordship
123
8 Administration and Government
135
9 The AngloNorman Church
165
10Language and Literature
191
11 Ecclesiastical Architecture c 1050 to c 1200
215
FURTHER READING
255
GENEALOGIES
266
TIME LINES
272
INDEX
275
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