England and Normandy in the Middle Ages by David Bates, Anne Curry

By David Bates, Anne Curry

The histories of britain and of Normandy within the heart a while have been inextricably associated. England and Normandy within the center Ages presents a synoptic view through prime students of not just political and army but additionally of ecclesiastical and cultural hyperlinks. Taken jointly those essays offer an updated scholarly account of kinfolk among England and its instant neighbour.

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Le Patourel, 'What Did Not Happen in Stephen's Reign', History 58 (1973), pp. C. Holt, The End of the Anglo-Norman Realm', British Academy Raleigh Lecture On History (London, 1975), pp. 23-30,43-44; Musset, 'Quelques problemes', pp. 295-301. 8 J. Gillingham, The Angevin Empire (London, 1984), pp. 65-76. 9 'De principis instructione liber', in Giraldi Cambrensis opera, ed. F. Warner, Rolls Series, (London, 1891), viii, pp. 257-59. M. Powicke, The Loss of Normandy (2nd ed, Manchester, 1961), pp. 297-303.

The Norman settlement of Britain created an overarching cross-Channel aristocracy whose dominant role in Anglo-Norman politics has been analysed by John Le Patourel, Warren Hollister and others. 38 The cohesion of the duchy's aristocracy was thereby threatened by another potentially disruptive factor, whose contribution was especially significant during Henry Fs reign in support of his nephew William Clito. 39 Ideas on both the momentum and rhythm of Norman colonisation and on cross-Channel politics have also developed significantly since Le Patourel's book was published.

104-16. Fig 1. 8 Gillingham may well be right in placing a heavy responsibility on John's shoulders, but it must surely be accepted that - at the least - factors existed which were always likely to disrupt or destroy the Anglo-Norman realm; that some of its rulers grappled more successfully than others to overcome them; and that the principality's capacity for survival may have declined after the great days of conquest and domination. Contemporaries commented on the process I am discussing. 9 He did so in a report of a conversation he supposedly had with Henry II's justiciar, Rannulf de Glanvill, which, if it took place, must have happened before Rannulf's departure on the Third Crusade.

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