The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily

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McFarland, 2003 - History - 214 pages
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The Normans originally came to Italy and Sicily in the 11th and 12th centuries looking for adventure or a livelihood, but once there, found opportunity for fame and fortune. The story of the Norman conquest in Italy and Sicily is indeed one of knights and adventurers, great battles and lowly pillage, opportunism and statesmanship, and crusade and coexistence. This rich and often dramatic study focuses on the eight sons of Tancred of Hauteville, especially Robert Guiscard, who has been called "the most dazzling military ruler between Julius Caesar and Napoleon," and his youngest brother Roger, who conquered Sicily. It discusses how they expanded their lands throughout southern Italy, and then took Sicily from its Muslim rulers. The brothers, often in conflict with each other, challenged both the Papacy and the Byzantine Empire, became the main supporters of the reformed Papacy, and founded a rich, sophisticated kingdom that lasted until the nineteenth century.
 

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The Norman invasion is not something I have ever considered looking into before reading this book. However, after reading I have found myself much more interested in Italian history. This book ... Read full review

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The Norman invasion is not something I have ever considered looking into before reading this book. However, after reading I have found myself much more interested in Italian history. This book provides a thoroughly researched perspective on the Norman conquest of Italy and shows how modern Sicilian and Italian culture came to be as they are. It is a dramatic story focused on a family’s conquest of Italy and Sicily and their challenge of the famous Byzantine empire and the catholic church. 

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Civitate
7
The Adventurers
16
Tancred of Hauteville
24
Mercenaries for the Basileus
33
Rebels
40
Warlords in Apulia
49
Sicily
103
Cerami
114
Rebellion
122
Victory
129
The Duke and the Pope
139
Salerno
149
Carrying War to the Enemy
159
The Popes Savior
168

Count of Apulia
56
The Popes Wrath
65
Consolidation
76
Guiscard
85
Calabria
95
The Quest for Glory
184
The End of the Beginning
191
Chronology
201
Bibliography
207
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Retired ambassador and diplomat Gordon S. Brown lives in Washington, D.C.

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