Mercenaries to Conquerors

Norman Warfare in the Eleventh and Twelfth-Century Mediterranean

Paul Brown

* New history of the Norman conquests in the Mediterranean

* Focuses on the military careers of Robert Guiscard, Bohemond, Roger II and Tancred

* Reassessment of Norman armies, tactics and fighting methods

* A fascinating insight into medieval warfare and conquest

* Based on the latest scholarly research
Date Published :
September 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473828476
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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When a band of Norman adventurers arrived in southern Italy to fight in the Lombard insurrections against the Byzantine empire in the early 1000s, few would have predicted that within a generation these men would have seized control of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily. How did they make such extraordinary gains and then consolidate their power? Paul Brown, in this thoroughly researched and absorbing study, seeks to answer these questions and throw light onto the Norman conquests across the Mediterranean. Throughout he focuses on the military side of their progress, as they advanced from mercenaries to conquerors, then crusaders. The story of the campaigns they undertook in Italy, Sicily, the Balkans and the Near East reveals their remarkable talent for war. The dominant role played by a succession of Norman leaders is a key theme of the narrative – a line of ambitious and ruthless soldiers that ran from Robert Guiscard and Bohemond to Roger II and Tancred.

About The Author

Prior to becoming an independent scholar Dr Paul Brown taught medieval history at the University of New England, Australia for ten years. His research has focused on the cultural, literary and military aspects of relations between the Normans, Lombards and Byzantines in the eleventh century. Paul’s work has been published in the Journal of Medieval History, and in a collection of essays on Byzantine history. He has also presented research papers at the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies conference and the International Medieval Congress.


"For me, the Normans were the people who rightly took the English throne by virtue of the fact it was promised to William of Normandy, and helped to civilize the indigenous British. The fact that I share their name is by the by, I have always thought that the Normans were the best people to civilize England and Wales. Paul Brown's brilliant study of the wider perspective of Norman conquests is both thrilling and informative"

- Books Monthly

"Mercenaries to Conquerors by Paul Brown evaluates military art and the role played by the Normans Mediterranean in the eleventh and twelfth centuries."

- VaeVictis

"Although best known to Westerners for taking over England under William the Conqueror, the Normans deserve more attention for their equally remarkable feats in the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Brown’s important book brings this to light in a way that will satisfy all historians interested in the Byzantine era as well as medieval warfare."

- HistoryNet

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