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Normandy and its Neighbours, 900—1250
Essays for David Bates

D. Crouch, K. Thompson (eds.)
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XXIV+310 p., 3 b/w ill., 1 b/w tables, 2 b/w line art, 156 x 234 mm, 2011
ISBN: 978-2-503-52062-9
Languages: English, French
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Normandy and its Neighbours offers new and challenging insights into the culture and structure of the Anglo-French world.

One of the most important aspects of David Bates’s distinguished career has been his readiness to engage — as few of his predecessors did — with the world of modern French scholarship. The outcome of this engagement and of his familiarity with French archives has been the reshaping of our understanding of the Anglo-Norman realm founded by William the Conqueror. The Norman Conquest has always been seen as a defining event in medieval English history, and David’s work has enabled us to place it in its broader European context. He has also welcomed insights from other disciplines, including archaeology, architectural history, and numismatics. His impact as a scholar has been profound. His writings have made academic debate accessible to the general public and the scholar alike, and he has conveyed his enthusiasm and commitment to both. He has brought together a generation of academics of various nationalities and from a broad range of disciplines to forge a new understanding of the relationship of England and Normandy in the central Middle Ages. This collection — offered in recognition of his contribution — acknowledges the many strands of his scholarship. It brings together specialist studies of Anglo-French culture, law, gender, and historiography.

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Bibliography of the Publications of David Bates

Normandy and the Norman Dynasty

Normandy’s Early History since Normandy Before 1066 - JANET L. NELSON

The Meetings of the Kings of France and England, 1066–1204 - JOHN GILLINGHAM

Duchesses of Normandy in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries - JUDITH A. GREEN

Being the Ducal Sister: The Role of Adelaide of Aumale - KATHLEEN THOMPSON

Henry I and the Battle of the Two Kings: Brémule, 1119 - MATTHEW STRICKLAND

Blanche of Castile and Normandy - LINDY GRANT

The Writing of History

Archbishop Ealdred and the D Chronicle - PAULINE STAFFORD

Hugues de Fleury et l’histoire normande - PIERRE BAUDUIN

The Roman des Franceis of Andrew de Coutances: Significance, Text, and Translation - DAVID CROUCH

Social and Legal History

Between Paradise and Revolt: Laboratores in the Society of the Three Orders - MATHIEU ARNOUX

De l’usage des souscriptions et de l’utilité de leur étude: remarques sur l’aristocratie normande dans la première moitié du XIe siècle. L’exemple d’Onfroy [dit ‘de Vieilles’] - VÉRONIQUE GAZEAU

The Fate of Earl Waltheof and the Idea of Personal Law in England after 1066 - JOHN HUDSON

Intermarriage in Eleventh-Century England - ELISABETH VAN HOUTS

More Tales of the Conquest - NICHOLAS VINCENT


"(...) this collection reflects the best of scholarship concerning the elites of Normandy and England in the central middle ages. (...) the volume works nicely both as a tribute to the most influential British scholar of Anglo-Norman history of his generation, and as a demonstration of the precision and insights of current scholarship in his field." (Daniel Power, in: English Historical Review, 129.540, 2014)
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Political & institutional history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Central Middle Ages (c.900 -1250)

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