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Titre : William the Conqueror - the Norman Impact ...
Éditeur : University of California Press, Berkeley,
Date d'édition : 1964
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Good
Xii, 476 pages, frontispiece, cloth, dust jacket, very good. From the DJ: No medieval King is more famous than William the Conqueror, and no event in the whole of English history has been more debated than the Norman conquest. The importance of the subject has indeed been reflected in the continuous interest it has excited among historians for more than three centuries, and in the continuous propaganda it has inspired. There is, moreover, a special reason why the theme merits reexamination at the present time. Much that has been written about William the Conqueror has been coloured by irrelevant polemic, and, in addition, the French and English testimony regarding him has seldom been brought fully into juxtaposition. The aim of this book has been to avoid the controversies of the past, to bring French and English scholarship into closer relation, and more particularly to base the whole study upon a thorough investigation of the original evidence much of which has been given a new cogency as a result of recent criticism. By these means, a fresh analysis has been made both of the causes, and of the true character, of the Norman impact upon England in the eleventh century. In two respects the book may be said to make a new approach to the subject. In the past the study of Anglo-Norman history has too often been distorted by reference to political and ecclesiastical controversies current in later periods. Professor Douglas has sought to disregard such polemic as extraneous to the circumstances of the eleventh century and to interpret his subject in the only proper way, which is through the medium of contemporary evidence. Secondly, he takes the view that the Norman influence on England can never be adequately assessed unless a fresh attempt is made to appraise and explain the political and ecclesiastical character of the Normandy which confronted England in 1066. ; 476 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 29941
Synopsis : In William the Conqueror, Professor Douglas analyzes the causes and the true character of the Norman impact upon England in the eleventh century. The work is both a study of Anglo-Norman history and a biography of a man whose personal career was spectacular, and as reviewers have remarked, it is distinguished by a wealth of scholarship linked to a lucid and agreeable style.
Critique: "Douglas' William the Conqueror possesses the real and elusive quality of greatness. . . . Its originality will surely become the orthodoxy of the next generation."--"Speculum
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