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Seller: ancientgifts (4,777) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122895336011 The Norman Achievement 1050-1100 by David C. Douglas. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 271 pages. Publisher: University of California Press; (1969). “In the whole course of European history”, Professor Douglas writes, “there have been few movements more remarkable than the sudden explosion of Norman power between 1050 and 1100.” For during this period, the Norman spread out from their adopted homeland in the north-west of France, and took their power and influence to places as far apart as England, Italy, Sicily, and Syria. At the same time William the Conqueror was taking possession of England, Robert Guiscard was strengthening his rule over Italy; Roger, the Great Count was establishing his power in Muslim Sicily; and Bohemund I was securing a Norman foothold within the Byzantine Empire. But as impressive as this was, it was more than a military conquest, and its effects were to play an important part in changing the direction of European history. In the north-west of Europe a new power was created, the Norman-Anglo state. In the south the many rulers whose carrying powers and traditions embraced two regions, two systems of ecclesiastical government, three languages (Greek, Latin and Arabic) and three systems of law were replaced by a unified kingdom. Moreover by their alliance with the reforming Papacy the Normans fostered a revival in the Western Church, and made their own contribution to the Crusades. Professor Douglas shows the remarkable similarity between the Norman enterprises. He compares their attitudes to the Church, to the cultures they found and their influence in molding a composite Norman civilization. He also illustrates the extraordinary connections between the men who took part, not only in leaders such as William and Robert Guiscard, but equally in the lesser figures as the Grandmensils and Crispins, whose families straddled the horizon of Norman power, and who might at any time be at work in Normandy or England or Antioch. Professor Douglas’s book thus reveals the totality of the Normal achievement during this half century. Writing with vigor, authority and breadth of vision, he has produced a fresh and invigorating synthesis in a field to which his own “William the Conqueror” has already made a major contribution. CONDITION: Some edge-wear and tears to dust jacket, small piece is torn off on front of dust jacket, otherwise clean pages, in good condition. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: “The Norman Conquest was a period in English history following the defeat (1066 A.D.) of King Harold of England by William, duke of Normandy, who became William I of England. The conquest was formerly thought to have brought about broad changes in all phases of English life. More recently historians have stressed the continuity of English law, institutions, and customs, but the subject remains one of controversy. The initial military conquest of England was quick and brutal. The members of the Anglo-Saxon upper class who were not killed in the battle of Hastings were almost all involved in the rebellion from 1068 to 1070 and were either killed or deprived of their lands. Thus a Norman aristocracy was superimposed on the English, and the new elite brought with it Norman feudal customs, which were reinforced by the need for cohesion and mutual military support among the fairly small group of conquerors. Thus the rebellions among the Norman barons were minor and short-lived, the interests of stability being paramount. To consolidate his position William used the existing Anglo-Saxon administrative system, which functioned as part of a centralized monarchical tradition. It was this tradition, as adapted by the Normans that gave English feudalism its uniquely cohesive nature. There was little change in the administrative and judicial systems during the Norman period (usually defined as ending with the accession of the Plantagenet Henry II in 1154 A.D.) and later developments were not in the nature of Norman superimpositions. William I's archbishop of Canterbury, Lanfranc, established a separate system of canon law courts, effectively asserted the supremacy of his archdiocese, and brought the English church into closer contact with developments in Europe, particularly with the reforms of Pope Gregory VII. The Norman kings, however, successfully resisted papal encroachment on their control over episcopal appointments. The period saw many churches and castles built, the latter chiefly on the south and east coasts and on the Welsh and Scottish borders). Norman French became the language of the court and upper classes, and of literature, and had great effect on the development of the English Language. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: This marvelously written and vibrant book covers the time period known as the “Norman Conquest”, approximately 1050 to 1100 A.D. During this period, the Normans spread out from their adopted homeland in the north-west of France, and took their power and influence to places as far apart as England, Italy, Sicily, and Syria. In the whole course of European history there have been few movements more remarkable than the sudden expansion of Norman power that took place during the latter half of the eleventh century. It provides an excellent summary of developments across all areas of Norman activity and their ultimate failure. Illustrations; maps; charts; genealogies, schedule of selected dates, contemporary rulers, bibliography; index. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: A Classic in any genre! David C. Douglas has made a contribution to literature of monumental proportions. No mater if you are a seasoned historian or will never read another book about Euorpean history again. I beg of you to make this the one. Hollywood could not write a better script. And David C. Douglas could not have written a better book. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). 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