Norman Rule in Normandy, 911-1144

Norman Rule in Normandy, 911-1144

Mark Hagger

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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

A magisterial survey of Normandy from its origins in the tenth century to its conquest some two hundred years later.
In around 911, the Viking adventurer Rollo was granted the city of Rouen and its surrounding district by the Frankish King Charles the Simple. Two further grants of territory followed in 924 and 933. But while Frankish kings might grant this land to Rollo and his son, William Longsword, these two Norman dukes and their successors had to fight and negotiate with rival lords, hostile neighbours, kings, and popes in order to establish and maintain their authority over it.
This book explores the geographical and political development of what would become the duchy of Normandy, and the relations between the dukes and these rivals for their lands and their subjects' fidelity. It looks, too, at the administrative machinery the dukes built to support their regime, from their toll-collectors and vicomtes (an official similar to the English sheriff) to the political theatre of their courts and the buildings in which they were staged. At the heart of this exercise are the narratives that purport to tell us about what the dukes did, and the surviving body of the dukes' diplomas. Neither can be taken at face value, and both tell us as much about the concerns and criticisms of the dukes' subjects as they do about the strength of the dukes' authority. The diplomas, in particular, because most of them were not written by scribes attached to the dukes' households but rather by their beneficiaries, can be used to recover something of how the dukes' subjects saw their rulers, as well as something of what they wanted or needed from them. Ducal power was the result of a dialogue, and this volume enables both sides to speak.

Mark Hagger is a senior lecturer in medieval history at Bangor University.

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Details

September 2017
8 black and white, 6 line illustrations
824 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783272143
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC HBJD, 1D, 2AB, 3H
BISAC HIS037010, HIS013000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Settlement and Survival: Normandy in the Tenth Century, 911-996
Expansion: Normandy and its Dukes in the Eleventh-Century, 996-1087
Sibling Rivalry: Normandy under the Conqueror's Heirs,1087-1144
Holier Than Thou: The Dukes and the Church
Sovereigns, Styles, and Scribes
Lonely at the Top: The Duke and his Executive Authority
The Duke and the Court: The Display and Experience of Power
The Chief Purpose of our Government: The Dukes and Justice
Movements, Messengers, Mandates, and Minions
Accounting for Power: Ducal Finance
Strength in Depth: The Dukes and their Knights, Castles, and Armies
Conclusion
Timeline
Bibliography