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

By R. Allen Brown

Norman Romanesque Sculpture: local teams; Roman de Rouand the Norman Conquest; Bayeux Tapestry; army carrier sooner than 1066; England and Byzantium; Abbatiale de Bernay; Sompting Church; William's Sheriffs; the home of Redvers and its Foundations; Anglo-Norman Verse; The Umfravilles in Northumberland; Chronicon ex Chronicis; improvement of Stamford; relatives among Crown and Episcopacy. M. BAYLE;, M. BENNETT, D. BERNSTEIN, M. CHIBNALL, okay. CIGGAAR, R.R. DARLINGTON, J. DECAENS, R. GEM, J. eco-friendly, S.F. HOCKEY, R.C. JOHNSTON, L. prepared, P. McGURK, C. MAHANY, D. ROFFE, D. WALKER. sixty four plates, figs.

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As we have seen, his life spans half the work; the Romarr de Rou is his 'geste'. Wace treats William's deeds as in many ways paralleling his great ancestor's. 59 If we ask whom William represents to Wace, it can only be Henry I1 (the idea of 'lignage' persists). Their careers do bear great similarity. Both succeeded as vulnerable minors; both had t o struggle with 'wicked uncles' - William of Arques and King Stephen - to gain their inheritance. 85 13; Richard du Hommet was constable of Normandy 1154-80.

Jonin, 'Le climat de croisade des chansons de geste', Cizhlers de Civilhtian Mkdikvnle, VII, 1963, 279-88, esp. 284-5. 5691-4. 50-1. 7206, 8585-88. 7403-41. 28 Anglo-Norman Studies V The Normans are forced back, but a potential rout is prevented by the efforts of bishop Odo. The Norman archers then Fie high into the air, so that their arrows drop onto the heads of the English. Many are wounded in the face by this tactic, including Harold, who is struck above the eye. Returning t o the attack, but still failing t o make any headway against the English line, the knights confer and decide t o resort to a feigned flight.

During a battle, his standard bearer, Henry of Essex, took flight, crying that the king was down. He was disgraced for this conduct, and six years later lost his lands in a judicial duel when charged with cowardice and . ~ ~ story was well known to Wace's audience, treason by Robert de M ~ n t f o r t The who would have taken the moral when he praised Thurstan's exemplary perfomlance of his duty. The second anecdote concerns William's preparation for the Conquest, and gives an insight into the workings of feudal society.

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