Norman Naval Operations in the Mediterranean

Charles D. Stanton

The formidable force of the Normans at sea has been frequently overlooked. This volume shows their dominance over the Mediterranean, and its far-reaching effects.
Date Published :
July 2016
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Series :
Warfare in History
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17 b/w. 11 line.
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781783271382
Pages : 338
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781843836247
Pages : 338
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Overview
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The rise of Norman naval power in the central Mediterranean in the eleventh and twelfth centuries prompted a seminal shift in the balance of power on the sea. Drawing from Latin, Greek, Jewish and Arabic sources, this book detailshow the House of Hauteville, particularly under Robert Guiscard and his brother Roger, used sea power to accomplish what the Papacy, the German Empire and the Eastern Empire could not: the conquest of southern Italy and Sicily from Islam. The subsequent establishment of an aggressive naval presence on Sicily, first by Roger de Hauteville and then by his son Roger II, effectively wrested control of the central Mediterranean from Byzantine and Muslim maritime hegemony, opening the sea to east-west shipping. The author goes on to describe how this development, in turn, emboldened the West Italian maritime republics, principally Genoa and Pisa, to expand eastward in conjunction withthe Crusades. It was, quite literally, a sea change, ushering in a new period of western maritime ascendancy which has persisted into the modern era.

Dr Charles D. Stanton is a former US naval officer and airline pilotwho, after retirement, studied medieval Mediterranean history at Cambridge under David Abulafia. He has written extensively on medieval maritime history, including, most recently, Medieval Maritime Warfare.

About The Author
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Dr Charles D. Stanton is a former US naval officer and airline pilot who, after retirement, studied medieval Mediterranean history at Cambridge under David Abulafia. His particular focus is the Norman conquest of southern Italy and Sicily on which he has published several well-received articles in scholarly journals. His recent book, Norman Naval Operations in the Mediterranean, has also been highly praised.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Preface
Introduction
The Conquest [827 to 1101]
The Apogee [1101 to 1154]
The Eclipse [1154 to 1194]
The Impact
Conclusion
Appendix A: The Fleet [ships, sailors, shipyards, strategies]
Appendix B: The Sources
Bibliography

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