People, Texts and Artefacts: Cultural Transmission in the Norman Worlds of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries


David Bates
Edoardo D'Angelo
Elisabeth van Houts


This volume is based on two international conferences held in 2013 and 2014 at Ariano Irpino, and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. It contains essays by leading scholars in the field. Like the conferences, the volume seeks to enhance interdisciplinary and international dialogue between those who work on the Normans and their conquests in northern and southern Europe in an original way.

This collection has as its central theme issues related to cultural transfer, treated as being of a pan-European kind across the societies that the Normans conquered and as occurring within the distinct societies of the northern and southern conquests. These issues are also shown to be an aspect of the interaction between the Normans and the peoples they subjugated, among whom many then settled.

Published as part of the IHR Conference Series by the Institute of Historical Research.


  • Introduction
    David Bates, Elisabeth van Houts
  • 1. Harness pendants and the rise of armory
    John Baker
  • 2. The transmission of medical culture in the Norman worlds c.1050–c.1250
    Elma Brenner
  • 3. Towards a critical edition of Petrus de Ebulo’s De Balneis Puteolanis: new hypotheses
    Teofilo De Angelis
  • 4. A Latin school in the Norman principality of Antioch
    Edoardo D'Angelo
  • 5. Culti e agiografie d’età normanna in Italia meridionale
    Amalia Galdi
  • 6. The landscape of Anglo-Norman England: chronology and cultural transmission
    Robert Liddiard
  • 7. The medieval archives of the abbey of S. Trinità, Cava
    G.A. Loud
  • 8. Écrire la conquête: une comparaison des récits de Guillaume de Poitiers et de Geoffroi Malaterra
    Marie-Agnès Lucas-Avenel
  • 9. Bede’s legacy in William of Malmesbury and Henry of Huntingdon
    Alheydis Plassmann
  • 10. The transformation of Norman charters in the twelfth century
    Daniel Power
  • 11. Corpora and cultural transmission? Political uses of the body in Norman texts, 1050–1150
    Patricia Skinner
  • 12. Homage in the Latin chronicles of eleventh- and twelfth-century Normandy
    Alice Taylor
  • 13. Weights and measures in the Norman-Swabian kingdom of Sicily
    Mario Rosario Zecchino


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