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This brief well-illustrated book outlines how the Normans saw themselves and their own history and how those views developed from the point that their first histories were written in the early tenth century to when the Normans ceased to exist as a concept at the very beginning of the thirteenth century. Dealing in detail with Sicily and England as well as Normandy it sets their changing self-image against the shifting political background of the times. The book provides fascinating background colour to the well known story of the conquest and also to less well known events such as how a family of exiled chancers from Cotentin became Kings of half Italy, rivals to the Byzantine Empire and the forefathers of Holy Roman Emperors.