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The Normans
Normans
(Norman: Normaunds; French: Normands; Latin: Normanni) were the people who, in the 10th and 11th centuries, gave their name to Normandy, a region in France. They were descended from Norse ("Norman" comes from "Norseman"[1]) Vikings
Vikings
(Old English wicingas—"pirates"[2]) from Denmark, Iceland
Iceland
and Norway
Norway
who, under their leader Rollo, agreed to swear fealty to King Charles III of West Francia.[3] Through generations of mixing with the native Frankish and Gallo-Roman populations, their descendants gradually became assimilated into the Carolingian-based cultures of West Francia.[4] The distinct cultural and ethnic identity of the Normans
Normans
emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century, and it continued to evolve over the succeeding centuries.[5] The Norman dynasty had a major political, cultural and military impact on medieval Europe and the Near East.[6][7] The Normans
Normans
were famed for their martial spirit and eventually for their Catholic piety, becoming exponents of the Catholic orthodoxy into which they assimilated.[3] They adopted the Gallo-Romance language
Gallo-Romance language
of the Frankish land they settled, their dialect becoming known as Norman, Normaund or Norman French, an important literary language. The Duchy of Normandy, which they formed by treaty with the French crown, was a great fief of medieval France, and under Richard I of Normandy
Normandy
was forged into a cohesive and formidable principality in feudal tenure.[8][9] The Normans
Normans
are noted both for their culture and contributions, such as the Norman and Anglo-Norman contribution in Spain
Spain
to the Iberian Reconquista
Reconquista
from the early eleventh to the mid-thirteenth centuries. [10] In the ninth century the Normans
Normans
or Norsemen
Norsemen
captured Southern Spain, Seville. [11] And their unique Romanesque architecture
Romanesque architecture
and musical traditions, and for their significant military accomplishments and innovations. Norman adventurers founded the Kingdom of Sicily under Roger II after conquering southern Italy
Italy
and Malta
Malta
from the Saracens and Byzantines, and an expedition on behalf of their duke, William the Conqueror, led to the Norman conquest of England
Norman conquest of England
at the Battle of Hastings
Battle of Hastings
in 1066.[12] Norman cultural and military influence spread from these new European centres to the Crusader states
Crusader states
of the Near East, where their prince Bohemond I founded the Principality
Principality
of Antioch
Antioch
in the Levant, to Scotland
Scotland
and Wales
Wales
in Great Britain, to Ireland, and to the coasts of north Africa and the Canary Islands. The legacy of the Normans
Normans
persists today through the regional languages and dialects of France, England, Spain, and Sicily, as well as the various cultural, judicial and political arrangements they introduced in their conquered territories.[7][13]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Characteristics and traits 3 Settling of Normandy 4 Conquests and military offensives

4.1 Italy 4.2 Byzantium 4.3 England 4.4 Ireland 4.5 Scotland 4.6 Wales 4.7 On crusade 4.8 Anglo-Norman conquest of Cyprus 4.9 Canary Islands

5 Culture

5.1 Norman law 5.2 Architecture 5.3 Visual arts 5.4 Music

6 Rulers 7 See also 8 References 9 Sources

9.1 Primary 9.2 Secondary

10 Further reading 11 External links

Etymology[edit] The English name "Normans" comes from the French words Normans/Normanz, plural of Normant,[14] modern French normand, which is itself borrowed from Old Low Franconian Nortmann "Northman"[1] or directly from Old Norse
Old Norse
Norðmaðr, Latinized variously as Nortmannus, Normannus, or Nordmannus (recorded in Medieval Latin, 9th century) to mean "Norseman, Viking".[15] Characteristics and traits[edit] The 11th century Benedictine monk and historian, Goffredo Malaterra, characterised the Normans
Normans
thus:

Specially marked by cunning, despising their own inheritance in the hope of winning a greater, eager after both gain and dominion, given to imitation of all kinds, holding a certain mean between lavishness and greediness, that is, perhaps uniting, as they certainly did, these two seemingly opposite qualities. Their chief men were specially lavish through their desire of good report. They were, moreover, a race skillful in flattery, given to the study of eloquence, so that the very boys were orators, a race altogether unbridled unless held firmly down by the yoke of justice. They were enduring of toil, hunger, and cold whenever fortune laid it on them, given to hunting and hawking, delighting in the pleasure of horses, and of all the weapons and garb of war.[16]

Settling of Normandy[edit] See also: Duchy of Normandy, Rollo, William I Longsword, and Richard the Fearless

10th–11th century History of the Normans, by Dudo of Saint-Quentin

Duchy of Normandy
Normandy
between 911 and 1050. In blue the areas of intense Norse settlement

In the course of the 10th century, the initially destructive incursions of Norse war bands into the rivers of France
France
evolved into more permanent encampments that included local women and personal property.[17] The Duchy of Normandy, which began in 911 as a fiefdom, was established by the treaty of Saint-Clair-sur- Epte
Epte
between King Charles III of West Francia
West Francia
and the famed Viking
Viking
ruler Rollo, and was situated in the former Frankish kingdom of Neustria.[18] The treaty offered Rollo
Rollo
and his men the French lands between the river Epte
Epte
and the Atlantic coast in exchange for their protection against further Viking
Viking
incursions.[18] As well as granting to protect the area of Rouen
Rouen
from Viking
Viking
invasion, Rollo
Rollo
had to swear not to invade further Frankish lands himself, accept baptism and conversion to the Christian faith and swear fealty to King Charles III. [19]The area corresponded to the northern part of present-day Upper Normandy
Normandy
down to the river Seine, but the Duchy would eventually extend west beyond the Seine.[3] The territory was roughly equivalent to the old province of Rouen, and reproduced the Roman administrative structure of Gallia Lugdunensis
Gallia Lugdunensis
II (part of the former Gallia Lugdunensis). Before Rollo's arrival, its populations did not differ from Picardy
Picardy
or the Île-de-France, which were considered "Frankish". Earlier Viking settlers had begun arriving in the 880s, but were divided between colonies in the east ( Roumois
Roumois
and Pays de Caux) around the low Seine valley and in the west in the Cotentin Peninsula, and were separated by traditional pagii, where the population remained about the same with almost no foreign settlers. Rollo's contingents who raided and ultimately settled Normandy
Normandy
and parts of the Atlantic coast included Danes, Norwegians, Norse–Gaels, Orkney
Orkney
Vikings, possibly Swedes, and Anglo-Danes from the English Danelaw
Danelaw
under Norse control.

The descendants of Rollo's Vikings
Vikings
and their Frankish wives would replace the Norse religion
Norse religion
and Old Norse
Old Norse
language with Catholicism (Christianity) and the Gallo-Romance language
Gallo-Romance language
of the local people, blending their maternal Frankish heritage with Old Norse
Old Norse
traditions and customs to synthesize a unique "Norman" culture in the north of France.[8] The Norman language
Norman language
was forged by the adoption of the indigenous langue d'oïl branch of Romance by a Norse-speaking ruling class, and it developed into the regional language that survives today.[3] The Normans
Normans
thereafter adopted the growing feudal doctrines of the rest of France, and worked them into a functional hierarchical system in both Normandy
Normandy
and in England.[8] The new Norman rulers were culturally and ethnically distinct from the old French aristocracy, most of whom traced their lineage to Franks
Franks
of the Carolingian dynasty. Most Norman knights remained poor and land-hungry, and by 1066 Normandy
Normandy
had been exporting fighting horsemen for more than a generation. Many Normans
Normans
of Italy, France
France
and England eventually served as avid Crusaders under the Italo-Norman
Italo-Norman
prince Bohemund I and the Anglo-Norman king Richard the Lion-Heart. Conquests and military offensives[edit] Italy[edit] See also: Norman conquest of southern Italy, Emirate of Sicily, Norman-Arab-Byzantine culture, Robert Guiscard, and Italo-Norman

The early Norman castle at Adrano

Opportunistic bands of Normans
Normans
successfully established a foothold in southern Italy. Probably as the result of returning pilgrims' stories, the Normans
Normans
entered southern Italy
Italy
as warriors in 1017 at the latest. In 999, according to Amatus of Montecassino, Norman pilgrims returning from Jerusalem
Jerusalem
called in at the port of Salerno
Salerno
when a Saracen
Saracen
attack occurred. The Normans
Normans
fought so valiantly that Prince Guaimar III begged them to stay, but they refused and instead offered to tell others back home of the Prince's request. William of Apulia
William of Apulia
tells that, in 1016, Norman pilgrims to the shrine of the Archangel Michael at Monte Gargano were met by Melus of Bari, a Lombard nobleman and rebel, who persuaded them to return with more warriors to help throw off the Byzantine rule, which they did. The two most prominent Norman families to arrive in the Mediterranean were descendants of Tancred of Hauteville
Tancred of Hauteville
and the Drengot family. A group of Normans
Normans
with at least five brothers from the Drengot family fought the Byzantines in Apulia
Apulia
under the command of Melo di Bari. Between 1016 and 1024, in a fragmented political context, the County of Ariano was founded by another group of Norman knights headed by Gilbert Buatère and hired by Melo di Bari. Defeated at Canne, Melo di Bari
Bari
escaped to Bamberg, Germany, where he died in 1022. The County, which replaced the pre-existing chamberlainship, was considered to be the first political body established by the Normans
Normans
in the South of Italy[20]. Then Rainulf Drengot, from the same family, received the county of Aversa
Aversa
from Duke Sergius IV of Naples
Sergius IV of Naples
in 1030. The Hauteville family
Hauteville family
achieved princely rank by proclaiming Prince Guaimar IV of Salerno
Salerno
"Duke of Apulia
Apulia
and Calabria". He promptly awarded their elected leader, William Iron Arm, with the title of count in his capital of Melfi. The Drengot family thereafter attained the principality of Capua, and Emperor Henry III legally ennobled the Hauteville leader, Drogo, as "dux et magister Italiae comesque Normannorum totius Apuliae et Calabriae" ("Duke and Master of Italy and Count of the Normans
Normans
of all Apulia
Apulia
and Calabria") in 1047.[citation needed] From these bases, the Normans
Normans
eventually captured Sicily
Sicily
and Malta from the Saracens, under the leadership of the famous Robert Guiscard, a Hauteville, and his younger brother Roger the Great Count. Roger's son, Roger II of Sicily, was crowned king in 1130 (exactly one century after Rainulf was "crowned" count) by Antipope Anacletus II. The Kingdom of Sicily
Kingdom of Sicily
lasted until 1194, when it was transferred to the House of Hohenstaufen
House of Hohenstaufen
through marriage.[21] The Normans
Normans
left their legacy in many castles, such as William Iron Arm's citadel at Squillace, and cathedrals, such as Roger II's Cappella Palatina
Cappella Palatina
at Palermo, which dot the landscape and give a distinct architectural flavor to accompany its unique history. Institutionally, the Normans
Normans
combined the administrative machinery of the Byzantines, Arabs, and Lombards
Lombards
with their own conceptions of feudal law and order to forge a unique government. Under this state, there was great religious freedom, and alongside the Norman nobles existed a meritocratic bureaucracy of Jews, Muslims and Christians, both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. The Kingdom of Sicily
Kingdom of Sicily
thus became characterized by Norman, Byzantine, Greek, Arab, Lombard and "native" Sicilian populations living in harmony, and its Norman rulers fostered plans of establishing an empire that would have encompassed Fatimid Egypt
Egypt
as well as the crusader states in the Levant.[22][23][24] One of the great geographical treatises of the Middle Ages, the "Tabula Rogeriana", was written by the Andalusian al-Idrisi for King Roger II of Sicily, and entitled "Kitab Rudjdjar" ("The Book of Roger").[25] Byzantium[edit] See also: Byzantine-Norman wars, Varangian
Varangian
Guard, and William Iron Arm

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Soon after the Normans
Normans
began to enter Italy, they entered the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
and then Armenia, fighting against the Pechenegs, the Bulgars, and especially the Seljuk Turks. Norman mercenaries were first encouraged to come to the south by the Lombards
Lombards
to act against the Byzantines, but they soon fought in Byzantine service in Sicily. They were prominent alongside Varangian
Varangian
and Lombard contingents in the Sicilian campaign of George Maniaces
George Maniaces
in 1038–40. There is debate whether the Normans
Normans
in Greek service actually were from Norman Italy, and it now seems likely only a few came from there. It is also unknown how many of the "Franks", as the Byzantines called them, were Normans and not other Frenchmen.

Norman expansion by 1130

One of the first Norman mercenaries to serve as a Byzantine general was Hervé in the 1050s. By then, however, there were already Norman mercenaries serving as far away as Trebizond and Georgia. They were based at Malatya
Malatya
and Edessa, under the Byzantine duke of Antioch, Isaac Komnenos. In the 1060s, Robert Crispin led the Normans
Normans
of Edessa against the Turks. Roussel de Bailleul
Roussel de Bailleul
even tried to carve out an independent state in Asia Minor
Asia Minor
with support from the local population, but he was stopped by the Byzantine general Alexius Komnenos. Some Normans
Normans
joined Turkish forces to aid in the destruction of the Armenian vassal-states of Sassoun
Sassoun
and Taron in far eastern Anatolia. Later, many took up service with the Armenian state further south in Cilicia and the Taurus Mountains. A Norman named Oursel led a force of "Franks" into the upper Euphrates
Euphrates
valley in northern Syria. From 1073 to 1074, 8,000 of the 20,000 troops of the Armenian general Philaretus Brachamius were Normans—formerly of Oursel—led by Raimbaud. They even lent their ethnicity to the name of their castle: Afranji, meaning "Franks". The known trade between Amalfi
Amalfi
and Antioch
Antioch
and between Bari
Bari
and Tarsus may be related to the presence of Italo- Normans
Normans
in those cities while Amalfi
Amalfi
and Bari
Bari
were under Norman rule in Italy. Several families of Byzantine Greece were of Norman mercenary origin during the period of the Comnenian Restoration, when Byzantine emperors were seeking out western European warriors. The Raoulii were descended from an Italo-Norman
Italo-Norman
named Raoul, the Petraliphae were descended from a Pierre d'Aulps, and that group of Albanian clans known as the Maniakates were descended from Normans
Normans
who served under George Maniaces
George Maniaces
in the Sicilian expedition of 1038. Robert Guiscard, another Norman adventurer previously elevated to the dignity of count of Apulia
Apulia
as the result of his military successes, ultimately drove the Byzantines out of southern Italy. Having obtained the consent of Pope Gregory VII
Pope Gregory VII
and acting as his vassal, Robert continued his campaign conquering the Balkan peninsula as a foothold for western feudal lords and the Catholic Church. After allying himself with Croatia and the Catholic cities of Dalmatia, in 1081 he led an army of 30,000 men in 300 ships landing on the southern shores of Albania, capturing Valona, Kanina, Jericho (Orikumi), and reaching Butrint
Butrint
after numerous pillages. They joined the fleet that had previously conquered Corfu
Corfu
and attacked Dyrrachium
Dyrrachium
from land and sea, devastating everything along the way. Under these harsh circumstances, the locals accepted the call of Emperor Alexius I Comnenus
Alexius I Comnenus
to join forces with the Byzantines against the Normans. The Albanian forces could not take part in the ensuing battle because it had started before their arrival. Immediately before the battle, the Venetian fleet had secured a victory in the coast surrounding the city. Forced to retreat, Alexius ceded the city of Dyrrachium
Dyrrachium
to the Count of the Tent (or Byzantine provincial administrators) mobilizing from Arbanon (i.e., ἐξ Ἀρβάνων ὁρμωμένω Κομισκόρτη; the term Κομισκόρτη is short for κόμης της κόρτης meaning "Count of the Tent").[26] The city's garrison resisted until February 1082, when Dyrrachium
Dyrrachium
was betrayed to the Normans
Normans
by the Venetian and Amalfitan merchants who had settled there. The Normans
Normans
were now free to penetrate into the hinterland; they took Ioannina and some minor cities in southwestern Macedonia and Thessaly before appearing at the gates of Thessalonica. Dissension among the high ranks coerced the Normans
Normans
to retreat to Italy. They lost Dyrrachium, Valona, and Butrint
Butrint
in 1085, after the death of Robert. A few years after the First Crusade, in 1107, the Normans
Normans
under the command of Bohemond, Robert's son, landed in Valona and besieged Dyrrachium
Dyrrachium
using the most sophisticated military equipment of the time, but to no avail. Meanwhile, they occupied Petrela, the citadel of Mili at the banks of the river Deabolis, Gllavenica (Ballsh), Kanina and Jericho. This time, the Albanians sided with the Normans, dissatisfied by the heavy taxes the Byzantines had imposed upon them. With their help, the Normans
Normans
secured the Arbanon
Arbanon
passes and opened their way to Dibra. The lack of supplies, disease and Byzantine resistance forced Bohemond to retreat from his campaign and sign a peace treaty with the Byzantines in the city of Deabolis. The further decline of Byzantine state-of-affairs paved the road to a third attack in 1185, when a large Norman army invaded Dyrrachium, owing to the betrayal of high Byzantine officials. Some time later, Dyrrachium—one of the most important naval bases of the Adriatic—fell again to Byzantine hands. England[edit] See also: Norman conquest of England, William the Conqueror, Domesday Book, and Anglo-Normans

House of Normandy

William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror
invades England

William I

Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy Richard, "Duke of Bernay" William II Cecilia, Abbess of Holy Trinity Adela, Countess of Blois Henry I

William II

Henry I

Empress Matilda William Adelin Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester

Stephen

Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne William I, Count of Boulogne Marie I, Countess of Boulogne

Monarchy of the United Kingdom

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The Normans
Normans
were in contact with England from an early date. Not only were their original Viking
Viking
brethren still ravaging the English coasts, they occupied most of the important ports opposite England across the English Channel. This relationship eventually produced closer ties of blood through the marriage of Emma, sister of Duke Richard II of Normandy, and King Ethelred II of England. Because of this, Ethelred fled to Normandy
Normandy
in 1013, when he was forced from his kingdom by Sweyn Forkbeard. His stay in Normandy
Normandy
(until 1016) influenced him and his sons by Emma, who stayed in Normandy
Normandy
after Cnut the Great's conquest of the isle. When Edward the Confessor
Edward the Confessor
finally returned from his father's refuge in 1041, at the invitation of his half-brother Harthacnut, he brought with him a Norman-educated mind. He also brought many Norman counsellors and fighters, some of whom established an English cavalry force. This concept never really took root, but it is a typical example of Edward's attitude. He appointed Robert of Jumièges archbishop of Canterbury and made Ralph the Timid earl of Hereford. He invited his brother-in-law Eustace II, Count of Boulogne
Eustace II, Count of Boulogne
to his court in 1051, an event that resulted in the greatest of early conflicts between Saxon and Norman and ultimately resulted in the exile of Earl Godwin of Wessex.

Siege of a motte-and-bailey castle from the Bayeux Tapestry

On 14 October 1066, William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror
gained a decisive victory at the Battle of Hastings, which led to the conquest of England three years later;[27] this can be seen on the Bayeux tapestry
Bayeux tapestry
(a linen, embroidered cloth). The invading Normans
Normans
and their descendants replaced the Anglo-Saxons
Anglo-Saxons
as the ruling class of England. The nobility of England were part of a single Norman culture and many had lands on both sides of the channel. Early Norman kings of England, as Dukes of Normandy, owed homage to the King of France
France
for their land on the continent. They considered England to be their most important holding (it brought with it the title of King—an important status symbol). Eventually, the Normans
Normans
merged with the natives, combining languages and traditions, so much so that Marjorie Chibnall says "writers still referred to Normans
Normans
and English; but the terms no longer meant the same as in the immediate aftermath of 1066."[28] In the course of the Hundred Years' War, the Norman aristocracy often identified themselves as English. The Anglo- Norman language
Norman language
became distinct from the Latin language, something that was the subject of some humour by Geoffrey Chaucer. The Anglo- Norman language
Norman language
was eventually absorbed into the Anglo-Saxon language of their subjects (see Old English) and influenced it, helping (along with the Norse language
Norse language
of the earlier Anglo-Norse settlers and the Latin
Latin
used by the church) in the development of Middle English. It in turn evolved into Modern English. Ireland[edit] See also: Norman invasion of Ireland, Norman Ireland, and Hiberno-Norman

Norman keep in Trim, County Meath

The Normans
Normans
had a profound effect on Irish culture and history after their invasion at Bannow Bay
Bannow Bay
in 1169. Initially, the Normans maintained a distinct culture and ethnicity. Yet, with time, they came to be subsumed into Irish culture to the point that it has been said that they became "more Irish than the Irish themselves". The Normans settled mostly in an area in the east of Ireland, later known as the Pale, and also built many fine castles and settlements, including Trim Castle and Dublin Castle. Both cultures intermixed, borrowing from each other's language, culture and outlook. Norman descendants today can be recognised by their surnames. Names such as French, (De) Roche, Devereux, D'Arcy, Treacy and Lacy are particularly common in the southeast of Ireland, especially in the southern part of County Wexford, where the first Norman settlements were established. Other Norman names, such as Furlong, predominate there. Another common Norman-Irish name was Morell (Murrell), derived from the French Norman name Morel. Names beginning with Fitz (from the Norman for son) indicate Norman ancestry. These included Fitzgerald, FitzGibbons (Gibbons) dynasty, Fitzmaurice. Families bearing such surnames as Barry (de Barra) and De Búrca (Burke) are also of Norman extraction. Scotland[edit] See also: Scotland
Scotland
in the High Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and Scoto-Norman One of the claimants of the English throne opposing William the Conqueror, Edgar Atheling, eventually fled to Scotland. King Malcolm III of Scotland
Scotland
married Edgar's sister Margaret, and came into opposition to William who had already disputed Scotland's southern borders. William invaded Scotland
Scotland
in 1072, riding as far as Abernethy where he met up with his fleet of ships. Malcolm submitted, paid homage to William and surrendered his son Duncan as a hostage, beginning a series of arguments as to whether the Scottish Crown owed allegiance to the King of England. Normans
Normans
went into Scotland, building castles and founding noble families that would provide some future kings, such as Robert the Bruce, as well as founding a considerable number of the Scottish clans. King David
King David
I of Scotland, whose elder brother Alexander I had married Sybilla of Normandy, was instrumental in introducing Normans and Norman culture to Scotland, part of the process some scholars call the "Davidian Revolution". Having spent time at the court of Henry I of England (married to David's sister Maud of Scotland), and needing them to wrestle the kingdom from his half-brother Máel Coluim mac Alaxandair, David had to reward many with lands. The process was continued under David's successors, most intensely of all under William the Lion. The Norman-derived feudal system was applied in varying degrees to most of Scotland. Scottish families of the names Bruce, Gray, Ramsay, Fraser, Ogilvie, Montgomery, Sinclair, Pollock, Burnard, Douglas and Gordon to name but a few, and including the later royal House of Stewart, can all be traced back to Norman ancestry. Wales[edit] See also: Norman invasion of Wales
Wales
and Cambro-Norman

Chepstow Castle
Chepstow Castle
in Wales, built by William fitzOsbern in 1067

Even before the Norman Conquest of England, the Normans
Normans
had come into contact with Wales. Edward the Confessor
Edward the Confessor
had set up the aforementioned Ralph as earl of Hereford and charged him with defending the Marches and warring with the Welsh. In these original ventures, the Normans failed to make any headway into Wales. Subsequent to the Conquest, however, the Marches came completely under the dominance of William's most trusted Norman barons, including Bernard de Neufmarché, Roger of Montgomery in Shropshire
Shropshire
and Hugh Lupus in Cheshire. These Normans
Normans
began a long period of slow conquest during which almost all of Wales
Wales
was at some point subject to Norman interference. Norman words, such as baron (barwn), first entered Welsh at that time. On crusade[edit] See also: Principality
Principality
of Antioch, Bohemund I of Antioch, and Richard the Lion-Heart The legendary religious zeal of the Normans
Normans
was exercised in religious wars long before the First Crusade
First Crusade
carved out a Norman principality in Antioch. They were major foreign participants in the Reconquista
Reconquista
in Iberia. In 1018, Roger de Tosny travelled to the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
to carve out a state for himself from Moorish
Moorish
lands, but failed. In 1064, during the War of Barbastro, William of Montreuil led the papal army and took a huge booty. In 1096, Crusaders passing by the siege of Amalfi
Amalfi
were joined by Bohemond of Taranto and his nephew Tancred with an army of Italo-Normans. Bohemond was the de facto leader of the Crusade
Crusade
during its passage through Asia Minor. After the successful Siege of Antioch in 1097, Bohemond began carving out an independent principality around that city. Tancred was instrumental in the conquest of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
and he worked for the expansion of the Crusader kingdom in Transjordan and the region of Galilee.[citation needed] Anglo-Norman conquest of Cyprus[edit] See also: Kingdom of Cyprus
Kingdom of Cyprus
and Cyprus
Cyprus
in the Middle Ages

Illuminated manuscript
Illuminated manuscript
showing king Richard the Lion-hearted authorizing Guy de Lusignan
Guy de Lusignan
to take Cyprus

The conquest of Cyprus
Cyprus
by the Anglo-Norman forces of the Third Crusade opened a new chapter in the history of the island, which would be under Western European domination for the following 380 years. Although not part of a planned operation, the conquest had much more permanent results than initially expected. In April 1191, Richard the Lion-hearted left Messina
Messina
with a large fleet in order to reach Acre.[29] But a storm dispersed the fleet. After some searching, it was discovered that the boat carrying his sister and his fiancée Berengaria was anchored on the south coast of Cyprus, together with the wrecks of several other ships, including the treasure ship. Survivors of the wrecks had been taken prisoner by the island's despot Isaac Komnenos.[30] On 1 May 1191, Richard's fleet arrived in the port of Limassol
Limassol
on Cyprus.[30] He ordered Isaac to release the prisoners and the treasure.[30] Isaac refused, so Richard landed his troops and took Limassol.[31]

Castle of Limassol, near which Richard's wedding with Berengaria of Navarre is said to have taken place

Various princes of the Holy Land arrived in Limassol
Limassol
at the same time, in particular Guy de Lusignan. All declared their support for Richard provided that he support Guy against his rival Conrad of Montferrat.[32] The local barons abandoned Isaac, who considered making peace with Richard, joining him on the crusade, and offering his daughter in marriage to the person named by Richard.[33] But Isaac changed his mind and tried to escape. Richard then proceeded to conquer the whole island, his troops being led by Guy de Lusignan. Isaac surrendered and was confined with silver chains, because Richard had promised that he would not place him in irons. By 1 June, Richard had conquered the whole island. His exploit was well publicized and contributed to his reputation; he also derived significant financial gains from the conquest of the island.[34] Richard left for Acre on 5 June, with his allies.[34] Before his departure, he named two of his Norman generals, Richard de Camville and Robert de Thornham, as governors of Cyprus. While in Limassol, Richard the Lion-Heart
Richard the Lion-Heart
married Berengaria of Navarre, first-born daughter of King Sancho VI of Navarre. The wedding was held on 12 May 1191 at the Chapel of St. George and it was attended by Richard's sister Joan, whom he had brought from Sicily. The marriage was celebrated with great pomp and splendor. Among other grand ceremonies was a double coronation: Richard caused himself to be crowned King of Cyprus, and Berengaria Queen of England and Queen of Cyprus
Cyprus
as well.

Norman expeditionary ship depicted in the chronicle Le Canarien (1490)

The rapid Anglo-Norman conquest proved more important than it seemed. The island occupied a key strategic position on the maritime lanes to the Holy Land, whose occupation by the Christians could not continue without support from the sea.[35] Shortly after the conquest, Cyprus was sold to the Knights Templar
Knights Templar
and it was subsequently acquired, in 1192, by Guy de Lusignan
Guy de Lusignan
and became a stable feudal kingdom.[35] It was only in 1489 that the Venetians acquired full control of the island, which remained a Christian stronghold until the fall of Famagusta in 1571.[34] Canary Islands[edit] See also: Conquest of the Canary Islands Between 1402 and 1405, the expedition led by the Norman noble Jean de Bethencourt[36] and the Poitevine
Poitevine
Gadifer de la Salle
Gadifer de la Salle
conquered the Canarian islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura
and El Hierro
El Hierro
off the Atlantic coast of Africa. Their troops were gathered in Normandy, Gascony and were later reinforced by Castilian colonists. Bethencourt took the title of King of the Canary Islands, as vassal to Henry III of Castile. In 1418, Jean's nephew Maciot de Bethencourt sold the rights to the islands to Enrique Pérez de Guzmán, 2nd Count de Niebla. Culture[edit] Norman law[edit] Main articles: Norman law and Clameur de haro The customary law of Normandy
Normandy
was developed between the 10th and 13th centuries and survives today through the legal systems of Jersey and Guernsey
Guernsey
in the Channel Islands. Norman customary law was transcribed in two customaries in Latin
Latin
by two judges for use by them and their colleagues:[37] These are the Très ancien coutumier (Very ancient customary), authored between 1200 and 1245; and the Grand coutumier de Normandie (Great customary of Normandy, originally Summa de legibus Normanniae in curia laïcali), authored between 1235 and 1245. Architecture[edit] Main article: Norman architecture

A quintessential Norman keep: the White Tower in London

Norman architecture
Norman architecture
typically stands out as a new stage in the architectural history of the regions they subdued. They spread a unique Romanesque idiom to England, Italy
Italy
and Ireland, and the encastellation of these regions with keeps in their north French style fundamentally altered the military landscape. Their style was characterised by rounded arches, particularly over windows and doorways, and massive proportions. In England, the period of Norman architecture
Norman architecture
immediately succeeds that of the Anglo-Saxon and precedes the Early Gothic. In southern Italy, the Normans
Normans
incorporated elements of Islamic, Lombard, and Byzantine building techniques into their own, initiating a unique style known as Norman-Arab architecture within the Kingdom of Sicily.[5] Visual arts[edit] In the visual arts, the Normans
Normans
did not have the rich and distinctive traditions of the cultures they conquered. However, in the early 11th century the dukes began a programme of church reform, encouraging the Cluniac reform of monasteries and patronising intellectual pursuits, especially the proliferation of scriptoria and the reconstitution of a compilation of lost illuminated manuscripts. The church was utilised by the dukes as a unifying force for their disparate duchy. The chief monasteries taking part in this "renaissance" of Norman art and scholarship were Mont-Saint-Michel, Fécamp, Jumièges, Bec, Saint-Ouen, Saint-Evroul, and Saint-Wandrille. These centres were in contact with the so-called " Winchester
Winchester
school", which channeled a pure Carolingian artistic tradition to Normandy. In the final decade of the 11th and first of the 12th century, Normandy
Normandy
experienced a golden age of illustrated manuscripts, but it was brief and the major scriptoria of Normandy
Normandy
ceased to function after the midpoint of the century.

A bronze lion sculpture attributed to an Italo-Norman
Italo-Norman
artist. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The French Wars of Religion
French Wars of Religion
in the 16th century and the French Revolution in the 18th successively destroyed much of what existed in the way of the architectural and artistic remnant of this Norman creativity. The former, with their violence, caused the wanton destruction of many Norman edifices; the latter, with its assault on religion, caused the purposeful destruction of religious objects of any type, and its destabilisation of society resulted in rampant pillaging. By far the most famous work of Norman art is the Bayeux Tapestry, which is not a tapestry but a work of embroidery. It was commissioned by Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux
Bishop of Bayeux
and first Earl of Kent, employing natives from Kent
Kent
who were learned in the Nordic traditions imported in the previous half century by the Danish Vikings. In Britain, Norman art primarily survives as stonework or metalwork, such as capitals and baptismal fonts. In southern Italy, however, Norman artwork survives plentifully in forms strongly influenced by its Greek, Lombard, and Arab forebears. Of the royal regalia preserved in Palermo, the crown is Byzantine in style and the coronation cloak is of Arab craftsmanship with Arabic inscriptions. Many churches preserve sculptured fonts, capitals, and more importantly mosaics, which were common in Norman Italy
Italy
and drew heavily on the Greek heritage. Lombard Salerno
Salerno
was a centre of ivorywork in the 11th century and this continued under Norman domination. The intercourse between French Crusaders traveling to the Holy Land who brought with them French artefacts with which to gift the churches at which they stopped in southern Italy
Italy
amongst their Norman cousins. For this reason many south Italian churches preserve works from France alongside their native pieces. Music[edit]

An illuminated manuscript from Saint-Evroul
Saint-Evroul
depicting King David
King David
on the lyre (or harp) in the middle of the back of the initial 'B'

Normandy
Normandy
was the site of several important developments in the history of classical music in the 11th century. Fécamp
Fécamp
Abbey and Saint-Evroul Abbey were centres of musical production and education. At Fécamp, under two Italian abbots, William of Volpiano
William of Volpiano
and John of Ravenna, the system of denoting notes by letters was developed and taught. It is still the most common form of pitch representation in English- and German-speaking countries today. Also at Fécamp, the staff, around which neumes were oriented, was first developed and taught in the 11th century. Under the German abbot Isembard, La Trinité-du-Mont
La Trinité-du-Mont
became a centre of musical composition. At Saint Evroul, a tradition of singing had developed and the choir achieved fame in Normandy. Under the Norman abbot Robert de Grantmesnil, several monks of Saint-Evroul
Saint-Evroul
fled to southern Italy, where they were patronised by Robert Guiscard
Robert Guiscard
and established a Latin monastery at Sant'Eufemia. There they continued the tradition of singing. Rulers[edit]

List of Dukes of Normandy List of Counts and Dukes of Apulia
Apulia
and Calabria List of Counts of Aversa List of Princes of Capua List of Dukes of Gaeta List of Princes of Taranto List of monarchs of Sicily List of Princes of Antioch List of Officers of the Principality
Principality
of Antioch Second House of Lusignan List of English Monarchs List of Scottish Monarchs

See also[edit]

Normandy
Normandy
portal Ancient Germanic culture portal

Kingdom of Africa
Kingdom of Africa
- Italo-Norman
Italo-Norman
garrisons in northern Africa in the 12th century Norsemen Rus' people

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Further reading[edit]

Bates, David (2013). The Normans
Normans
and Empire. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-967441-1.  Chibnall, Marjorie (2000). The Normans. Oxford, Blackwell publishing. ISBN 978-1-4051-4965-5. Rowley, Trevor, ed. (2000). The Normans. The History Press. 

External links[edit]

Wikisource
Wikisource
has the text of the 1905 New International Encyclopedia article Normans.

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Normans
(PDF), Jersey heritage trust, archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2009 . The Normans
Normans
in Italy
Italy
(in Italian), MondoStoria .

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