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The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily
     

The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily

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by Gordon S. Brown
 

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ISBN-10: 0786414723

ISBN-13: 9780786414727

Pub. Date: 12/23/2002

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786414727
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/23/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
477,834
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Table of 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

Count of Apulia 56

The Pope’s Wrath 65

Consolidation 76

Guiscard 85

Calabria 95

Sicily 103

Cerami 114

Rebellion 122

Victory 129

The Duke and the Pope 139

Salerno 149

Carrying War to the Enemy 159

The Pope’s Savior 168

Terror of the World 174

The Quest for Glory 184

The End of the Beginning 191

Chronology 201

Genealogical Table—Sons and Grandsons of Tancred of Hauteville 205

Bibliography 207

Index 211

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The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SNHSH More than 1 year ago
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.