A Brief History of the Normans : The Conquests that Changed the Face of Europe, Paperback Book

A Brief History of the Normans : The Conquests that Changed the Face of Europe Paperback

Part of the Brief Histories series

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The history of the Normans began a long time before 1066. Originating from the 'Norsemen' they were one of the most successful warrior tribes of the Dark Ages that came to dominate Europe from the Baltic Sea to the island of Sicily and the borders of Eastern Europe.

Beginning as Viking raiders in the eighth century, the Normans not only changed the landscape of Europe but were changed by their new conquests.

As a military force they became unstoppable; as Conqerors, they established their own kingdom in Normandy from where they set out on a number of devastating campaigns, where they also introduced innovations in politics, architecture and culture.

In A Brief History of the Normans Leading French historian, Francois Neveux, gives an accessible and authorative introduction.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781845295233



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A handy little introduction to the Normans from the Viking invasions to the establishment of the Duchy of Normandy, the Norman conquest of Britain and the establishment of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily and the Norman crusader state of Antioch. French historian Francois Neveux does a fairly good job of being succinct while retaining a fair amount of detail. Beyond the conquests the focus is mostly on Normandy with a look at William the Conqueror's Britain and the Kingdom of Sicily under Rogers I and II. One would have wished for more depth in describing the Mediterranean states and perhaps a comparative view to see how the different Norman states evolved. Also if the author was going to insist on providing names and lists of sites of Norman settlements in France and archaeological excavations then perhaps more detailed maps would have been in order? Anyway, that aside this was a good introduction to the subject.