Continuity of the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism

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Continuity of the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism

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The Norman conquerors of Anglo-Saxon England have traditionally been seen both as rapacious colonizers and as the harbingers of a more civilized culture, replacing a tribal Germanic society and its customs with more refined Continental practices. Many of the scholarly arguments about the Normans and their influence overlook the impact of the past on the Normans themselves. The Continuity of the Conquest corrects these oversights.

Wendy Marie Hoofnagle explores the Carolingian aspects of Norman influence in England after the Norman Conquest, arguing that the Normans’ literature of kingship envisioned government as a form of imperial rule modeled in many ways on the glories of Charlemagne and his reign. She argues that the aggregate of historical and literary ideals that developed about Charlemagne after his death influenced certain aspects of the Normans’ ruling approach, including a program of conversion through “allurement,” political domination through symbolic architecture and propaganda, and the creation of a sense of the royal forest as an extension of the royal court.

An engaging new approach to understanding the nature of Norman identity and the culture of writing and the problems of succession in Anglo-Norman England, this volume will enlighten and enrich scholarship on medieval, early modern, and English history. -- Provided by Amazon.com

Keywords

Charlemagne, -- Emperor, -- 742-814 -- Influence -- Charlemagne 742-814 -- To 1500; Normans -- History -- To 1500 -- England; Imperialism;

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9780271074016

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

Pennsylvania State University Press

City

University Park, PA

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

Object Description

viii, 193 pages; 24 cm.

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EN

Continuity of the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism

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