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Normans in European History

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Normans in European History by Charles Homer Haskins is a comprehensive and informative exploration of the impact of the Norman people on European history. Haskins expertly traces the origins of the Normans, their conquests and settlements in various regions of Europe, and their interactions with other cultures and societies.

The book provides a thorough analysis of the Norman influence on politics, society, and culture in Europe, emphasizing their role in shaping the medieval world. Haskins' writing is clear and engaging, making the complex history of the Normans accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

One of the strengths of the book is its detailed examination of the Norman expansion into Southern Italy, Sicily, and the Byzantine Empire. Haskins delves into the political and cultural dynamics of these regions, highlighting the lasting impact of Norman rule.

Overall, Normans in European History is a valuable resource for anyone interested in medieval history, providing a nuanced and insightful look at the pivotal role the Normans played in shaping Europe. Haskins' expertise and thorough research make this book a must-read for history enthusiasts.

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Wherever their ships took them, the Normans (Northman) were ruthless conquerors but gifted governors. These eight lectures, given in Boston in 1915 by the eminent Harvard medievalist, Charles Homer Haskins, chronicle the achievements of these descendants of the Vikings, whose genius for assimilation transformed them into French, English, and Sicilian citizens of well-run states. Haskins discusses the great William the Conqueror and Henry II, the impetuous Richard the Lion-Hearted, and the hapless King John. The Normans founded the Kingdom of Sicily in which there was religious toleration and a Saracen bureaucracy, and left us a moving picture of themselves in the Bayeux Tapestry.

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