The History of the Normans

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Amatus of Montecassino was the earliest historian of the Norman conquest of southern Italy and Sicily. His History of the Normans, written c.1080, includes the sieges of Bari and Salerno, the conquest of Sicily, Robert Guiscard's brigand's life, as well as tales of miracles and prophecies. It is also a text of great value for study of the Gregorian Reform and of the abbey of Montecassino, one of the most important cultural and religious centres of eleventh-century Christendom. This book provides a vivid translation of this intriguing contemporary history; while the introduction and extensive annotation locate the "History" securely in its contemporary context and provide a full discussion of its purpose and themes, and of the various problems of authorship and transmission associated with it.

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Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS vi
7
43
20
BOOK II
62
BOOK III
78
BOOK IV
109
BOOK V
124
BOOK VI
147
BOOK VII
163
BOOK VIII
185
BIBLIOGRAPHY
207
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About the author (2004)

G.A. LOUD Is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Leeds. He is an acknowledged authority on the Normans in the south, and more generally on southern Italy during the Central Middle Ages.

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