The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily


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About the Book

The Normans originally came to Italy and Sicily in the 11th and 12th centuries looking for adventure or a livelihood, but once there, found opportunity for fame and fortune. The story of the Norman conquest in Italy and Sicily is indeed one of knights and adventurers, great battles and lowly pillage, opportunism and statesmanship, and crusade and coexistence. This rich and often dramatic study focuses on the eight sons of Tancred of Hauteville, especially Robert Guiscard, who has been called “the most dazzling military ruler between Julius Caesar and Napoleon,” and his youngest brother Roger, who conquered Sicily. It discusses how they expanded their lands throughout southern Italy, and then took Sicily from its Muslim rulers. The brothers, often in conflict with each other, challenged both the Papacy and the Byzantine Empire, became the main supporters of the reformed Papacy, and founded a rich, sophisticated kingdom that lasted until the nineteenth century.

About the Author(s)

Retired ambassador and diplomat Gordon S. Brown lives in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

Gordon S. Brown
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 222
Bibliographic Info: maps, chronology, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1472-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5127-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction      3

Civitate      7
The Adventurers      16
Tancred of Hauteville      24
Mercenaries for the Basileus      33
Rebels      40
Warlords in Apulia      49
Count of Apulia      56
The Pope’s Wrath      65
Consolidation      76
Guiscard      85
Calabria      95
Sicily      103
Cerami      114
Rebellion      122
Victory      129
The Duke and the Pope      139
Salerno      149
Carrying War to the Enemy      159
The Pope’s Savior      168
Terror of the World      174
The Quest for Glory      184
The End of the Beginning      191

Chronology      201
Genealogical Table—Sons and Grandsons of Tancred of Hauteville     205
Bibliography      207
Index      211

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Excellent…useful textbook…well-written…interesting read”—De Re Militari
  • “Interesting…accessible”—Military Heritage