The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation, and Identity 1066-c.1220

Paperback | February 7, 2005

byHugh M. Thomas

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Since the Anglo-Norman period itself, the relations beween the English and the Normans have formed a subject of lively debate. For most of that time, however, complacency about the inevitability of assimilation and of the Anglicization of Normans after 1066 has ruled. This book firstchallenges that complacency, then goes on to provide the fullest explanation yet for why the two peoples merged and the Normans became English. Drawing on anthropological theory, the latest scholarship on Anglo-Norman England, and sources ranging from charters and legal documents to saints' livesand romances, it provides a complex exploration of ethnic relations on the levels of personal interaction, cultural assimilation, and the construction of identity. As a result, the work provides an important case study in pre-modern ethnic relations that combines both old and new approaches, andsheds new light on some of the most important developments in English history.

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Since the Anglo-Norman period itself, the relations beween the English and the Normans have formed a subject of lively debate. For most of that time, however, complacency about the inevitability of assimilation and of the Anglicization of Normans after 1066 has ruled. This book firstchallenges that complacency, then goes on to provide ...

Hugh M. Thomas is at Professor of History, University of Miami.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:474 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:February 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Theory and Background1. Introduction2. English Identity before the Norman Conquest3. Normanitas4. Ethnic Identity and Cultural Difference5. A Chronology of Assimilation6. A Chronology of Identity7. Ideology, Prejudice, and AssimilationPart II: Personal Interaction, Assimilation, and Identity8. The Interaction of English and Normans: Methodological Considerations9. The Aristocracy10. English Women and Norman Men11. The Peasants and the Middling Sort12. Townspeople13. The ReligiousEpilogue to Part IIPart III: The Reconstruction of English Identity14. The Defence of English Honour15. The Image of England and a Sense of Place16. Royal Government, England, and Englishness17. The English Church, English Saints, England, and the English18. Stereotypes and the Image of the English19. The Image of the Other20. The Intensification and Politicization of English IdentityPart IV: Identity and Culture21. History and Identity22. High Culture, Religious Culture, and Ethnicity23. Language, Literature, and Ethnic IdentityConclusionAppendicesBibliographyIndex

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