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Old November 8th, 2012, 03:46 AM   #1

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The Norman knights in Sicily were really Normans ?


Hello everyone, I disturb you with an other question.
I was thinking about to so-called Norman knights who participated in the conquest of southern Italy.
I was wondering if within this definition does not gather into different genetic groups from the Norman, maybe even Byzantine or "native" had swelled the ranks of Guiscard.
Can you advise me some texts to find the solutions of this doubts?
Thank you in advance!
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Old November 8th, 2012, 04:28 AM   #2

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Are you looking for primary or secondary sources.

The most commonly used primary source is: "The Deeds Of Count Roger Of Calabria And Sicily And Of His Brother Duke Robert Guiscard" by Geoffrey of Malaterra
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Old November 8th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #3

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As with other Norman conquests, the Norman element weas perhaps quite central and prominent, a driving force. But years of activity undoubtedly lead to non-Normans inhabitants of southern Italy and Sicily participating.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 07:17 AM   #4

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Plenty of histories about the Norman rule in Italy and Sicily, good old Roger.

Not to mention this:

The Normans [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Robert Bartlett, Stephen Baxter: Film & TV
The Normans [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Robert Bartlett, Stephen Baxter: Film & TV

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Old November 10th, 2012, 05:15 AM   #5

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First of all, thank you for the quick responses!
I prefer secondary studies.
I have already read up on the writings of Malaterra, but I have not encountered important references yet.
My doubts arise on the extreme exiguity of the Normans.
Moreover, I wonder if the way to fight of the Normans couldn't have been adopted by other populations during the conquest.
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