The Normans in the South, 1016-1130
This book is about the 'other' Norman Conquest. It is the story of Robert Guiscard, perhaps the most extraordinary European adventurer between Caesar and Napoleon. In one year, 1084, he had both the Eastern and Western Emperors retreating before him and one of the most formidable of medieval Popes in his power. It is also the story of his brother Roger, thanks to whom he conquered Sicily from the Saracens; and of Roger's descendants, notably his son Roger 11, who converted his father's achievement into a cosmopolitan and cultivated kingdom whose surviving monuments still dazzle us today.
The Normans in the South is the first of two volumes that recount the dazzling story of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. The second volume The Kingdom of the Sun is also being reissued in Faber Finds.
'Diligence, narrative skill, and a scholarship fired by enthusiasm' Lord Kinross, Sunday Telegraph
'I found the book very enjoyable indeed. It is beautifully written.' Nancy Mitford
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Schmerguls - LibraryThing
942 The Other Conquest, by John Julius Norwich (read 16 Jan 1968) I read this because I thought I should read about things I know little about. The book is a readable (and not very scholarly) account ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nessreader - LibraryThing
Not as entertaining as his later work; in this, Norwich resists any temptation to colour in the personalities with guesswork and make anecdotes out of fragments of data. Still readable, and covers a history anglophones aren't always aware of. Read full review