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By Charles Homer Haskins

This ebook offers a range from the plentiful resource fabric generated through the Normans and the peoples they conquered. It takes a large eu viewpoint at the Normans, assessing and explaining Norman enlargement, their political and social association and their eventual decline. The Normans in Europe explores: the method of assimilation among Scandinavians and Franks and the emergence of Normandy the inner association of the principality with quite a few resource fabrics from chronicles, miracle tales and chapters the function of ladies and youngsters in Norman society and various different components.

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Quoth the Walkyrie : I will ask thee, for thou knowest the truth of all these things, of the meed of the Poets, since thou the East. must know clearly the state of the minstrels that live with Harold. Quoth the Raven : It is easily seen by their cheer, and their gold rings, that they are among the friends of the king. They have red cloaks right fairly fringed, silver-mounted swords, and ring-woven sarks, gilt trappings, and graven helmets, 1 wrist-fitting rings, the gifts of Harold. As regards social organization, Viking society shows the Germanic division into three classes, thrall, churl, and noble.

Sion, Les pay sans de la Normandie orientate (Paris, 1908), and R. de F61ice, La Basse- Normandie (Paris, 1907). Various aspects of Norman genius and character are delightfully treated by Albert Sorel, Pages normandes (Paris, 1907). The proceedings of the historical congress held in conjunction with the millenaire of 191 1 were to have been printed in full, but so far only various reprints of individual communications have appeared. J. Touflet, Le millenaire de Normandie (Rouen, 1913), is not an account of the com- memoration, but an illustrated collection of popular papers.

We must think seventy-five feet of the whole movement at scattered bands, terrible and skilful methods first more as one of small and for their fierce, sudden, of attack, than for force of su- numbers or organization. The truth is that sea-power, whose strategic significance in modern war- perior Mahan did so much to make us appreciate, fare Admiral was in the ninth and tenth centuries, so far as western Europe was concerned, a Scandinavian monopoly. Masters of the seas, the Northmen harried the coasts and river- valleys as they would, and there was none to drive them back.

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