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The Normans: From Raiders to Kings

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lars Brownworth

Narrated By: James C. Lewis

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: October 2014

Duration: 7 hours 6 minutes

Summary:

There is much more to the Norman story than the Battle of Hastings. These descendants of the Vikings who settled in France, England, and Italy—but were not strictly French, English, or Italian—played a large role in creating the modern world. They were the success story of the Middle Ages: a footloose band of individual adventurers who transformed the face of medieval Europe. During the course of two centuries, they launched a series of extraordinary conquests, carving out kingdoms from the North Sea to the North African coast.

In The Normans, Lars Brownworth follows their story, from the first shock of a Viking raid on an Irish monastery to the exile of the last Norman Prince of Antioch. In the process, he brings to vivid life the Norman tapestry's rich cast of characters: figures like Rollo the Walker, William Iron-Arm, Tancred the Monkey King, and Robert Guiscard. The Normans presents a fascinating glimpse of a time when a group of restless adventurers had the world at their fingertips.

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  • Willem V

    The book was very informative and gave you a full perspective on the influence of the Normans in history. One drawback was that the transitions were a little abrupt. When going to a new chapter, not enough perspective was given when introducing new characters.