The impact of the Norman conquest of Sicily and Southern Italy in the 11th-12th centuries upon the society of that region forms the central theme of this volume. Norman relations with the Byzantine world are also an important topic. Several studies directly examine questions of continuity and change, both with regard to lay society and in a section devoted to the Church; others approach the subject more obliquely, through the analysis of contemporary historical writing, the documents and diplomatic of the Princes of Capua, and religious patronage. Throughout, they attempt to locate the conquerors within the context of the society they invaded, and within which they were only a minority.
Table of Contents
Contents: The Norman Identity: The Gens Normannorum: myth or reality?; The Norman Conquest and South Italian Society: How ’Norman’ was the Norman conquest of Southern Italy?; Byzantine Italy and the Normans; Betrachtungen Ã¼ber die normannische Eroberung SÃ¼ditaliens; Continuity and change in Norman Italy: the Campania during the 11th and 12th centuries; Documents and Diplomatic: A calendar of the diplomas of the Norman Princes of Capua; Five unpublished charters of the Norman Princes of Capua; The Church: Churches and churchmen in an age of conquest: Southern Italy, 1030-1130; The Church, warfare and military obligation in Norman Italy; Royal control of the Church in the 12th-century kingdom of Sicily; The Abbey of Cava, its property and benefactors in the Norman era; Nunneries, nobles and women in the Norman Principality of Capua; Norman Italy and the Mediterranean: Anna Komnena and her sources for the Normans of southern Italy; Norman Italy and the Holy Land; Index.