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The Normans in Sicily
     

The Normans in Sicily

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by John Julius Norwich
 
In 1016, a rebel Lombard lord appealed to a group of pilgrims for help-and unwittingly set in motion "the other Norman Conquest." The Normans in the South is the epic story of the House of Hauteville: of Robert Guiscard, perhaps the most extraordinary European adventurer between Caesar and Napoleon; his brother Roger, who helped him win Sicily from the Saracens; and

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In 1016, a rebel Lombard lord appealed to a group of pilgrims for help-and unwittingly set in motion "the other Norman Conquest." The Normans in the South is the epic story of the House of Hauteville: of Robert Guiscard, perhaps the most extraordinary European adventurer between Caesar and Napoleon; his brother Roger, who helped him win Sicily from the Saracens; and his nephew Roger II, crowned at Palermo in 1130. The Kingdom in the Sun vividly evokes this "sad, superb, half-forgotten kingdom, cultivated, cosmopolitan, and tolerant," which lasted a mere 64 years. It concludes with the poignant defeat of the bastard King Tancred in 1194, bringing to a close this extraordinary chapter in Italian history. With a comprehensive listing of all of Sicily's surviving Norman monuments, the result is a superb traveler's companion and a masterpiece of the historian's art.

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ISBN-13:
9780140152128
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
816
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.14(h) x 2.17(d)

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The Normans in Sicily 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The size of this book¿752 pages¿is daunting at first glance. But it reads like a novel, and I found myself breezing through the book. Norwich describes the interplay of rival factions and the geopolitics of the day. He also identifies a few of the major edifices built by the Normans and provides a description of their beauty and historical significance that can be the basis for planning a trip to Sicily.