The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily

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McFarland, 26.10.2009 - 222 Seiten
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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 ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Preface
1
Introduction
3
I Civitate
7
II The Adventurers
16
III Tancred of Hauteville
24
IV Mercenaries for the Basileus
33
V Rebels
40
VI Warlords in Apulia
49
XIV Rebellion
122
XV Victory
129
XVI The Duke and the Pope
139
XVII Salerno
149
XVII Carrying War to the Enemy
159
XIX The Popes Savior
168
XX Terror of the World
174
XXI The Quest for Glory
184

VII Count of Apulia
56
VIII The Popes Wrath
65
IX ConsoIidation
76
X Guiscard
85
XI Calabria
95
XII Sicily
103
XIII Cerami
114
XXII The End of the Beginning
191
Chronology
201
Genealogical Table
205
Bibliography
207
Index
211
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Retired ambassador and diplomat Gordon S. Brown lives in Washington, D.C.

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