The Normans in Sicily

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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, ...
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Overview

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 Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 2.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Conquest: Beginnings
Arrival
Establishment
Sicily
Insurrection
The Newcomers
Civitate
Schism
Consolidation
Reconciliation
Invasion
Conquest
Palermo.
Part 2 The Building Of The Kingdom: Polarisation
Excommunications And Investitures
Against Byzantium
From Rome To Venosa
Victors And Vanquished
The Great Count
Adelaide
The Fledgling Years
Reunification
Coronation.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    Reads Like a Novel

    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.

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