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By William M. Aird

This distinct biography deals a reappraisal of the profession of Robert Curthose, William the Conqueror's eldest son and duke of Normandy from 1087 to 1106, finding the duke's profession within the social, cultural and political context of the interval. Robert's dating with participants of his relations formed the political panorama of britain and Normandy for a lot of the past due 11th and early 12th centuries: certainly, even after his incarceration, from 1106 to 1134, his son William Clito [d. 1128] persevered the struggle opposed to Robert's brother, Henry I. two times pushed into exile, Robert defeated his fatherin conflict and at last succeeded to the duchy of Normandy, even though the throne of britain was once seized by means of William Rufus after which Henry I. For 20 years Robert effectively defended Normandy, constructing regulations to counter the significantly enhanced English assets on the disposal of his brothers. Robert's prime position within the luck of the 1st campaign [1095-99] additionally made him probably the most well-known warriors of his age. He back to Western Europe in 1100, a chivalric hero with a name that stretched from Scotland to Palestine. This publication returns Robert Curthose to centre degree within the bloody drama of this era, a drama so frequently ruled via bills from a royal and English perspective.

Dr WILLIAM M. AIRD is Lecturer in background, tuition of historical past, Classics and Archaeology, collage of Edinburgh.

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