By Cassandra Potts
The rulers of Normany played a posh juggling act: ranging from a pagan Norse army strength base around Rouen, they outfitted an approved political entity in the obstacles of the Christian kingdom their ancestors had invaded. effectively reconciling Viking, Frankish and Breton parts inside their realm, the Norman rulers created `one humans out of many of the races', within the phrases of 1 eleventh-century author. As a part of that attempt, they revived and reformed the monasteries within the quarter, enlisting the help of prestigious abbots from reform centres past Normandy. by way of the early 11th century, there has been a recognition in the area new humans in addition to a brand new principality had taken form over the process the previous century. during this means of state-building and ethnogenesis, the revival and reform of monasticism performed a very important position. This ebook evaluates the connection among Norman lords and monastic groups and demonstrates how that courting contributed to the political and social evolution of the duchy. via this local concentration, Monastic Revival and neighborhood identification in Early Normandyadds to an knowing of the position monasticism performed in 10th and eleventh-century eu society, and, extra commonly, within the formation of political and cultural entities in medieval Europe. The conclusions awarded during this learn are in response to an research of released resources in addition to over 200 unpublished monastic charters situated in Norman records and libraries.
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More charters can be found in Neustria and Gallia, 11. For background on these collections, see David Knowles, 'Great Historical Enterprises, I. The Bollandists', TRHS, 8 (1958), pp. 14766 and Knowles, 'Great Historical Enterprises, II. The Maurists', TRHS, 9 (1959), pp. 16987. Various other acta are scattered in specific works on local history, periodical articles and antiquarian studies on specific noble families. Unless the editions are modern and accessible, I will provide both published and archival references.
For a fuller development of this argument, see Cassandra Potts, 'Atque unum ex diversis gentibus populum effecit, Historical Tradition and the Norman Identity', Anglo-Norman Studies, 18 (1996), pp. 13952. On the tradition of Trojan ancestry in medieval historical writing see Southern, 'Aspects', pp. 18990. Page 3 Norman achievement, as it was recognized and celebrated in the region's own mythology, was the successful incorporation of various peoples from different backgrounds into one community, thereby creating a new people, a new ethnicity and identity.
2 Immediately after his baptism, Rollo demands to know which churches were considered the most venerable in his realm. '3 Dudo goes on to describe Rollo's generosity to monasteries and churches throughout his new realm, from Rouen on the Seine, to Bayeux in the west even as far as Mont-Saint-Michel in the south-west corner of the Avranchin next to Brittany. Like so much else that Dudo wrote, his description of Rollo's farflung generosity to ecclesiastical institutions across Normandy is generally dismissed as unreliable.