Anglo-Norman Studies IX: Proceedings of the Battle by R. Allen Brown


By R. Allen Brown

Aquitainian Participation within the Conquest; Stereotype Normans in Vernacular Literature; Byzantine Marginalia to the Norman Conquest; Norman Architectural Patronage; Domesday e-book and the Teneurial Revolution; Henry of Huntingdon and Historia Anglorum; Domesday Inquest and Land Adjudication; Abbey of Cava; Post-Conquest Attitudes to the Saints of the Anglo-Saxons; Danish Geometrical Viking Fortresses; Holy Face of Lucca. G. BEECH, M. BENNETT, okay. CIGGAAR, E. FERNIE, R. FLEMING, D. GREENWAY, P. HYAMS, G.A. LOUD, S.J. RIDYARD, E. ROESDAHL, D. WEBB.34 plates, figs.

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Also, at Arsttf the Normans skilfully hold back horn battle, after veterans like the Hospitallers have irnpctrlously charged (6,532-38). This ability to curb their ardor (and their greed) to act as a reserve was a most highly valued military skill. The commander that day was later to praise William Marshal for keeping his mcn in check at VmdBme in 1194, to gmrd against a- counterattack on his victorious and pursuing first line. That man was Richard the Lionheart, who knew nzost thoroughly the business of war, This litany of ferocity, of skill on horseback, in the tourney and in war, the rights to carry banners and lead the: attack, and, above all, discipline in the field, suggests that Morn~answere suprcntely skilful1 in battle, So it is not surprising to find them featuring in vernacular works as mercenaries serving in Spain and Italy.

N. HilT, London 1962, 95. , Purduc University Monographs in Romance Languaga 2, Amsterdam ICMC). s4 Eds H. Mlchclant & P. Meyer, S A W , Pars 1894. sphere of influence since he is normally associated with U ~ a u v a i sSo . ~ ~perhaps his praise of the Normans is not so surprising, when he tells us: Li Normant n b n t pas fait sejar Ki ant fiit teX chcvafrie, 2967 The n~iliearyskills just outlined, are, of eoursc, cesltral to the Noman stereotype, and so deserve further attention. Predictably, Wace has most to say about the techniques, tactics, cunning and discipline which distinguish Normans from their opyonems.

7" Order~c,X ,I 47-44, 108-12, E. A. Babcuck, A. C:. fflrrdr i Z o r t t s bqotad the Sea, New Vork 1943, 11, 59. 77 whereas almost as many Bretons established themselves in Corr~wallalor~e,~' The larger numbers of the Flemings and Bretons doubtless reflect accrsratcly the greater participation of those peoples in the Conquest, though the much greater distance between England and Aquitaine may have reduced the percentage of Aquitanians settling in England, With the possible exceptions of Willim of Parthenay none of the Aquitanians appear to have come horn prominerzt fanlilies at home and their lands in England suggest that they remained men of lesser importance there.

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