A brief history of the Normans: the conquests that changed the face of Europe

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Robinson, May 29, 2008 - History - 280 pages
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The history of the Normans began a long time before 1066. Originating from the _Norsemen_ they were one of the most successful warrior tribes of the Dark Ages that came to dominate Europe from the Baltic Sea to the island of Sicily and the borders of Eastern Europe. Beginning as Viking raiders in the eighth century, the Normans not only changed the landscape of Europe but were changed by their new conquests.As a military force they became unstoppable; as Conqerors, they established their own kingdom in Normandy from where they set out on a number of devastating campaigns, where they also introduced innovations in politics, architecture and culture. In A Brief History of the Normans Leading French historian, Francois Neveux, gives an accessible and authorative introduction.

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User Review  - iftyzaidi - LibraryThing

A handy little introduction to the Normans from the Viking invasions to the establishment of the Duchy of Normandy, the Norman conquest of Britain and the establishment of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily ... Read full review

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User Review  - mcalister - LibraryThing

Neveux's thesis revolves around the greater "Norman experience" as some sort of grand European adventure. The back jacket advertises this as a "new" interpretation, but in fact it is neither new nor a ... Read full review


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