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The Normans in Britain By David Walker

The Normans in Britain
by David Walker

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This overview of the Anglo-Norman period examines Norman influences in Britain as its unified theme. It explains the background to events in 1066, and discusses the campaigns of William the Conqueror and his heirs in subduing Anglo-Saxon England, and in trying to subdue the rest of Britain.
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The Normans in Britain by David Walker

The defeat of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 remains one of the major landmarks in English history, heralding the establishment of the line of Norman kings and their Angevin successors that ruled the country for centuries to come. The pattern of conquest and settlement in England is well charted, but the Norman impact in Wales, Ireland and Scotland has generally been analyzed within the limits of national history alone. In this overview of the Anglo-Norman period, David Walker examines Norman influences in all parts of the British Isles as a unified theme. The book opens with an explanation of the background to events in 1066, and discusses the successful military campaigns of William the Conqueror and his heirs in subduing Anglo-Saxon England and establishing political legitimacy and loyalty in the conquered realm. The author shows, however, that the experience of England cannot be seen as the model for the rest of the British Isles. England was a defeated country which the Normans could exploit at will, but in Wales and Ireland they were denied conquest on that scale and their tenure was frequently challenged. In Scotland the Anglo-Normans were the allies of the ruling dynasty, dependent upon patronage, not on force of arms. In each of these areas, the nature of Norman involvement was determined by the interplay between the political interest of the newcomers and the particular responses of the region. The diversity of the Norman impact is explored in all its aspects, from the government of Church and state, and society at large, to military and ecclesiastical architecture. This book should be useful for students interested in the complex nature of Norman conquest and settlement in the British Isles.

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About David Walker


David Walker was formerly Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Wales, Swansea.

Table of Contents


Conquest and settlement - the comparative view; conquest and settlement in England; Wales; Scotland; Anglo-Norman Ireland; architecture.

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GOR003635431
The Normans in Britain by David Walker
David Walker
Historical Association Studies
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
1995-01-09
184
0631185828
9780631185826
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