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The Norman conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily
Brown, Gordon S., 1936-
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Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland, [2003]

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viii, 214 pages : map ; 23 cm
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DG867.2 .B76 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Normans originally came to Italy and Sicily in the 11th and 12th centuries looking for adventure or a livelihood, but once there, found opportunity for fame and fortune. The story of the Norman conquest in Italy and Sicily is indeed one of knights and adventurers, great battles and lowly pillage, opportunism and statesmanship, and crusade and coexistence. This rich and often dramatic study focuses on the eight sons of Tancred of Hauteville, especially Robert Guiscard, who has been called "the most dazzling military ruler between Julius Caesar and Napoleon," and his youngest brother Roger, who conquered Sicily. It discusses how they expanded their lands throughout southern Italy, and then took Sicily from its Muslim rulers. The brothers, often in conflict with each other, challenged both the Papacy and the Byzantine Empire, became the main supporters of the reformed Papacy, and founded a rich, sophisticated kingdom that lasted until the nineteenth century.

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Retired ambassador and diplomat Gordon S. Brown lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
I. Civitatep. 7
II. The Adventurersp. 16
III. Tancred of Hautevillep. 24
IV. Mercenaries for the Basileusp. 33
V. Rebelsp. 40
VI. Warlords in Apuliap. 49
VII. Count of Apuliap. 56
VIII. The Pope's Wrathp. 65
IX. Consolidationp. 76
X. Guiscardp. 85
XI. Calabriap. 95
XII. Sicilyp. 103
XIII. Ceramip. 114
XIV. Rebellionp. 122
XV. Victoryp. 129
XVI. The Duke and the Popep. 139
XVII. Salernop. 149
XVIII. Carrying War to the Enemyp. 159
XIX. The Pope's Saviorp. 168
XX. Terror of the Worldp. 174
XXI. The Quest for Gloryp. 184
XXII. The End of the Beginningp. 191
Chronologyp. 201
Genealogical Table--Sons and Grandsons of Tancred of Hautevillep. 205
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 211