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The Normans and the 'Norman Edge' Peoples, Polities and Identities on the Frontiers of Medieval Europe

Edited By Keith Stringer, Andrew Jotischky Copyright 2020
    ISBN 9781032084237
    360 Pages
    Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge

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    Modern historians of the Normans have tended to treat their enterprises and

    achievements as a series of separate and discrete histories. Such treatments are

    valid and valuable, but historical understanding of the Normans also depends

    as much on broader approaches akin to those adopted in this book. As the

    successor volume to Norman Expansion: Connections, Continuities and Contrasts,

    it complements and significantly extends its findings to provide a fuller appreciation

    of the roles played by the Normans as one of the most dynamic and

    transformative forces in the history of medieval ‘Outer Europe’. It includes

    panoramic essays that dissect the conceptual and methodological issues concerned,

    suggest strategies for avoiding associated pitfalls, and indicate how far

    and in what ways the Normans and their legacies served to reshape sociopolitical

    landscapes across a vast geography extending from the remoter corners

    of the British Isles to the Mediterranean basin. Leading experts in their fields

    also provide case-by-case analyses, set within and between different areas, of

    themes such as lordship and domination, identities and identification, naming

    patterns, marriage policies, saints’ cults, intercultural exchanges, and diaspora–

    homeland connections.

    The Normans and the ‘Norman Edge’ therefore presents a potent combination

    of thought-provoking overviews and fresh insights derived from new

    research, and its wide-ranging comparative focus has the advantage of illuminating

    aspects of the Norman past that traditional regional or national histories

    often do not reveal so clearly. It likewise makes a major contribution

    to current Norman scholarship by reconsidering the links between Norman

    expansion and ‘state-formation’; the extent to which Norman practices and

    priorities were distinctive; the balance between continuity and innovation;

    relations between the Normans and the indigenous peoples and cultures they

    encountered; and, not least, forms of Norman identity and their resilience over

    time. An extensive bibliography is also one of this book’s strengths.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors

    Editorial Notes

    List of Abbreviations

    Prologue: The Norman Edge in Context

    Keith Stringer

    1. Norman Identity and the Identity of Normandy, c.900–c.1300

    Daniel Power

    2. The Normans in the North

    Judith A. Green

    3. Names on the Norman Edge: The Persistence of Gaelic Names in ‘Middle Britain’

    Fiona Edmonds

    4. The Shape of the Norman Principality of Gwynedd

    C.P. Lewis

    5. Exogamy and Miscegenation in the Norman Worlds

    Elisabeth van Houts

    6. South Italian Normans and the Crusader States in the Twelfth Century

    Ewan Johnson and Andrew Jotischky

    7. The Nobility of the Principality of Antioch, 1098–1187: Names, Origins and Identity

    Alan V. Murray

    8. Saints’ Cults and Devotions on the Norman Edge: The Case of St Katherine of Alexandria

    Andrew Jotischky

    9. The Norman Edge: Some Reflections on Norman Expansion into ‘Outer Europe’

    Keith Stringer




    Keith Stringer is Professor Emeritus of Medieval British History at Lancaster University.

    Andrew Jotischky is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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