Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Anglo-Norman Studies

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Anglo-Norman Studies

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Anglo-Norman Studies, XXVI: Proceedings of the Battle Conference, 2003, ed. John Gillingham (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2004). 189 pp. ISBN 1-84383-072-8. £45.00/$75.00. As Anglo-Norman Studies moves into its second quarter-century, the signs all indicate that Anglo-Normanism is in a healthy state. Although, as John Gillingham points out, the volume is slimmer than usual, it is no less wide ranging: those studying narrative sources have gestae from Normandy and Anjou, English monastic chronicles, and royal hagiography; military historians have Viking military strategy and the wars between the sons of the Conqueror (the feckless Robert Curthose features prominently); monastic historians range from East Anglia to Normandy. Tomb inscriptions and charters, taxation records and customaries, all make at least cameo appearances. The Danes receive their fair share of attention; so do the Irish, the Welsh, and the Anglo-Saxons (particularly in Richard Barber's witty overview of attitudes towards the Norman Conquest over the centuries); perhaps the only area of Norman influence overlooked is Italy. …

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