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Empires of the Normans
- Makers of Europe, Conquerors of Asia
- Narrated by: Luke Thompson
- Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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The first global history of the Normans, who—beyond the conquest of England—came to dominate Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
How did descendants of Viking marauders came to dominate Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East?
It is a tale of ambitious adventures and fierce freebooters, of fortunes made and fortunes lost. The Normans made their influence felt across all of western Europe and the Mediterranean, from the British Isles to North Africa, and Lisbon to the Holy Land. In Empires of the Normans we discover how they combined military might and political savvy with deeply held religious beliefs and a profound sense of their own destiny. For a century and a half, they remade Europe in their own image, and yet their heritage was quickly forgotten—until now.
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A Tour De Force of the Norman World
A thoroughly enjoyable and wide ranging history of the Normans. In keeping with many recent medieval histories (Dan Jones, Cat Jarman et al) the author aims to show you the whole world of their subjects, not just well known examples e.g. England's Norman Conquests or Norman Sicilly.
The book is well written, easy to read and very well balanced. It explains differing view points on events well, and the pacing of the narrative is spot on.
A great read.
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some of the best stuff out there about the Norman's scholarly without being inaccessible, and told at a pace as often history books can be unnecessarily long.
would highly recommend.
- Stephen Bentley
Very well read.
Very well read and a fascinating story. I knew about the Norman Kingdom of Sicily - but not in any detail, come to that aside from "1066 and all that" knew little or nothing about the Normans in Normandy or how they got there. Much better informed now and have listened all the way through twice.