From Pirates to Princes: The Normans in Europe c.900 – c.1200

Damian Tyler

Everyone has heard of William the Conqueror, 1066 and the Norman Conquest, but the Normans did much more than this. In origin a band of Norse pirates, they went on to be one of the most successful peoples of the central middle ages, for good or ill dominating the history of much of Western Europe in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. This course traces the activities of the Normans from their origins in the early-tenth century to the end of the twelfth century. Topics covered include the Norman’s Viking origins, the settlement of Normandy, the conquest of England, the Normans in Ireland and Italy and the emergence and flowering of Norman Kingdom of Sicily.

Recommended Reading:

  • Chibnall, N., The Normans, Wiley-Blackwell, 2006.

  • Norwich, J. J., The Kingdom in the Sun, 1130 – 1194, Faber and Faber, 2010.

  • Norwich, J. J., The Normans in the South, 1016-1130, Faber and Faber, 2010

Day:  Friday  Time: 11.00-13.00

5 week course from Friday 3rd March to 30th March 2017

The Library,
St Peter’s House,
Oxford Road (Precinct Centre),
M13 9GH

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£50 n/a 8 14

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to

Dr Damian J. Tyler, 63 Cuckoo Lane, Whitefield, Manchester, M45 6WD Email:

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