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The Normans in Europe (Manchester Medieval Sources) Paperback – December 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press (December 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071904751X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719047510
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Van Houts is Lecturer in Medieval History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lois Huneycutt on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This collection contains at least a sampling of virtually every text available regarding the medieval Normans. I used it inn a classroom at university this spring to wonderful reviews from advanced-level undergraduates. This author is perhaps THE best person working in the field of medieval Normandy today, no one is better qualified to put a sourcebook like this together! Thanks to Elisabeth Van Houts for this marvelous read and marvelous tool!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Berke on January 17, 2013
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I discovered this book while looking for additional reading material on the Normans that did not specifically deal with the conquest of England in 1066. Lars Brownworth has a nice podcast called 'Norman Centuries" that piqued my interest in the Normans more generally, and he lists this book as a reference. I have found 'The Normans in Europe' to be precisely the kind of book I was looking for, though the format is a little different than I am used to.

I am purely an armchair history aficionado and so this book is not part of any structured learning for me, rather it is for pleasure reading. I have made the occasional mistake of purchasing textbook-level history books before, and though this book is probably better suited to a classroom learning setting it is accessible to the layman. The format of the book, however, is one of the harder things to cope with when reading it for pleasure. Each chapter covers a section of the Normans (in England, in Italy, their transformation from Vikings to Normans, in Normandy, etc) and includes a brief introduction, or more appropriately synopsis. The rest of each chapter consists of a copious series of translated excerpts from primary sources. They generally are thematically tied to the chapter and the introduction, but the excerpts can vary greatly, and includes legal documents, poems, narratives, and contemporary histories. Van Houts does a nice job of briefly introducing each piece, but as a pleasure read, the disjointedness between the excerpts can interrupt a good reading 'flow'.

I point the formatting out so that no one is put off by the book when it arrives. It *really is* an excellent collection of well written introductions and fascinating samples (or windows) into the Normans, and covers far more than their conquest of England.
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