Robert `Curthose', Duke of Normandy [c.1050-1134]

October 2008
4 line illustrations
348 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
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Boydell Press

Robert `Curthose', Duke of Normandy [c.1050-1134]

William M. Aird


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New biography of Robert "Curthose", eldest son of William the Conqueror, whose failure to secure the kingdom of England has overshadowed his role in the success of the First Crusade in capturing Jerusalem.
This detailed biography offers a reappraisal of the career of Robert Curthose, William the Conqueror's eldest son and duke of Normandy from 1087 to 1106, locating the duke's career in the social, cultural and political context of the period. Robert's relationship with members of his family shaped the political landscape of England and Normandy for much of the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries: indeed, even after his incarceration, from 1106 to 1134, his son William Clito [d. 1128] continued the fight against Robert's brother, Henry I. Twice driven into exile, Robert defeated his father in battle and eventually succeeded to the duchy of Normandy, although the throne of England was seized by William Rufus and then Henry I. For twenty years Robert successfully defended Normandy, developing policies to counter the vastly superior English resources at the disposal of his brothers. Robert's leading role in the success of the First Crusade [1095-99] also made him one of the most famous warriors of his age. He returned to Western Europe in 1100, a chivalric hero with a reputation that stretched from Scotland to Palestine. This book returns Robert Curthose to centre stage in the bloody drama of this period, a drama so often dominated by accounts from a royal and English perspective.

Dr WILLIAM M. AIRD is Lecturer in History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

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Keywords: Medieval History

Table of Contents

The Dutiful Son
The King's Son
The Duke of Normandy, 1087-1096
Miles Christi: The Soldier of Christ, 1095-1099
The Returning Hero, 1100-1106
The Captive


[Airds] Buch zeichnet sich durch sorgfältige Quellenarbeit und gefällige Darstellung aus, die die einzelnen Bereiche immer auch in einem größeren Zusammenhang verankert. Der Vf. bemüht sich, sowohl die Handlungen Roberts als auch die Verflechtungen mit seiner Umgebung nicht nur aus der speziellen Situation heraus zu erklären, sondern auch allgemeingültige Mechanismen in Rechnung zu stellen. DEUTSCHES ARCHIV FÜR DIE ERFORSCHUNG DES MITTELALTERS

A book which every Anglo-Norman historian and historian of the crusades will now need to read as the authoritative account of a man who may have been more competent and more important than we thought. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY
Will meet the needs for decades to come of those seeking a biography of Robert Curthose. It is clearly written and thoroughly documented. SPECULUM
Dr Aird has done a great service to Anglo-Norman history in this fresh and comprehensive look at a neglected and misinterpreted career. MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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