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Normans in European History

Charles Homer Haskins (1870-1937)

1. Preface
2. Normandy and Its Place in History, Part 1
3. Normandy and Its Place in History, Part 2
4. The Coming of the Northmen, Part 1
5. The Coming of the Northmen, Part 2
6. Normandy and England, Part 1
7. Normandy and England, Part 2
8. The Norman Empire, Part 1
9. The Norman Empire, Part 2
10. Normandy and France, Part 1
11. Normandy and France, Part 2
12. Norman Life and Culture, Part 1
13. Norman Life and Culture, Part 2
14. The Normans and the South, Part 1
15. The Normans and the South, Part 2
16. The Norman Kingdom of Sicily, Part 1
17. The Norman Kingdom of Sicily, Part 2

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Summary

Wherever their ships took them, the Normans (Northman) were ruthless conquerors but gifted governors. These eight lectures, given in Boston in 1915 by the eminent Harvard medievalist, Charles Homer Haskins, chronicle the achievements of these descendants of the Vikings, whose genius for assimilation transformed them into French, English, and Sicilian citizens of well-run states. Haskins discusses the great William the Conqueror and Henry II, the impetuous Richard the Lion-Hearted, and the hapless King John. The Normans founded the Kingdom of Sicily in which there was religious toleration and a Saracen bureaucracy, and left us a moving picture of themselves in the Bayeux Tapestry.