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Empires of the Normans: Makers of Europe, Conquerors of Asia

Levi Roach

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European history, British & Irish history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500

The first global history of the Normans, who - beyond the conquest of England - came to dominate Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

'Powerful' The Economist 'Fascinating, panoramic . . . Roach brings an expert eye and page-turning energy' Helen Castor, bestselling author of She Wolves

'Narrated with pace, clarity, authority and style, Roach's book is a bracing tour of the world that the Normans made their own' Thomas Williams, bestselling author of Viking Britain

'A fresh retelling . . . written with enthusiasm and brio' Marc Morris, bestselling author of The Anglo-Saxons

How did descendants of Viking marauders come to dominate Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East?

It is a tale of ambitious adventures and fierce freebooters, of fortunes made and fortunes lost. The Normans made their influence felt across all of western Europe and the Mediterranean, from the British Isles to North Africa, and Lisbon to the Holy Land. In Empires of the Normans we discover how they combined military might and political savvy with deeply held religious beliefs and a profound sense of their own destiny. For a century and a half, they remade Europe in their own image, and yet their heritage was quickly forgotten - until now.

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Praise for Empires of the Normans: Makers of Europe, Conquerors of Asia

  • From Viking raiders to rulers of the Mediterranean, the Normans dominated and dazzled medieval Europe. In this fascinating, panoramic account, Levi Roach brings an expert eye and page-turning energy to the telling of their extraordinary story

  • Narrated with pace, clarity, authority and style, Roach's book is a bracing tour of the world that the Normans made their own

  • A fresh retelling of the story of the Normans, across all their theatres of operation - academically up-to-the-minute, sound in its judgements, and written with enthusiasm and brio

  • How the Normans shaped the Europe we live in today is a huge and gripping subject, brilliantly illuminated here in all its continent-wide human drama by a masterful historian and story-teller

  • Informed by the latest research, Roach reveals the history of the Norman conquests - from England to the Holy Land - in a pacy and character-driven account of a people who defined an era

  • By telling the story from their perspective and following them wherever they went . . . Mr Roach gives a powerful account of how prowess in combat, shrewd alliance-building, low cunning and sheer chutzpah let them punch above their numerical weight

  • Roach's writing is clear, concise and open to any reader willing to learn more . . . After drinking from Roach's refreshing Norman cider cup . . . they will learn much and travel far

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Levi Roach

Dr Levi Roach is a lecturer at the University of Exeter. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, before completing his PhD at Ruprecht-Karls-UniversitA t Heidelberg. He is the author of A thelred the Unready, winner of the Longman-History Today Prize and the Labarge Prize.

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