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Author Chibnall, Marjorie.

Title The debate on the Norman Conquest / Marjorie Chibnall.

Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  942.02072 CHIB    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 168 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Issues in historiography.
Issues in historiography.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Middle Ages 9 -- 2 From the Reformation to the Restoration: the widening of the debate 28 -- 3 New approaches: scholars and politicians 41 -- 4 Nineteenth century: amateurs and professionals 53 -- 5 Early twentieth century 69 -- 6 Later twentieth century: from feudalism to lordship 79 -- 7 Later twentieth century: law and the family 97 -- 8 Later twentieth century: empire and colonisation 115 -- 9 Later twentieth century: peoples and frontiers 125 -- 10 Later twentieth century: Church and economy 139.
Summary The debate on the Norman Conquest is still ongoing. Because of the great interest that has always been shown in the subject of the conquest and its aftermath, interpretations have been numerous and conflicting. Students bewildered by controversies will find this book an indispensable guide through the morass of literature.
In the medieval period writers were still deeply involved in the legal and linguistic consequences of the Norman victory. Later the issues became directly relevant to debates about constitutional rights; the theory of a 'Norman yoke' provided first a call for revolution and, by the nineteenth century, a romantic vision of a lost Saxon paradise. When history became a subject for academic study controversies still raged round such subjects as Saxon versus Norman institutions. These have gradually been replaced in a broader social setting where there is more room for consensus. Interest has now moved to such subjects as peoples and races, frontier societies, women's studies and colonialism. Changing perspectives have shown the advantage of studying a period from the late tenth to the early thirteenth century rather than one beginning in 1066.
Subject Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066 -- Historiography.
Great Britain -- History -- Norman period, 1066-1154 -- Historiography.
ISBN 071904913X (paperback) £14.99
0719049121 £45.00

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