by Norman Descendants September 02, 2017


Unlike the Norman conquest of England (1066), which took a few years after one decisive battle, the conquest of southern Italy was the product of decades and a number of battles. Many territories were conquered independently, and only later were unified into a single state. Compared to the conquest of England it was unplanned and disorganized, but equally complete. Photos from left to right clockwise: Roger I of Sicily at the 1063 battle of Cerami, victorious over 35,000 Saracens; The stone castle at Melfi was constructed by the Normans were no fortress had previously stood; The Kingdom of Sicily (in green) in 1154, representing the extent of Norman conquest in Italy over several decades of activity by independent adventurers; Early Norman castle at Adrano, Italy.


Hrólfr Ásúlfr: According to the Wikipedia, it's a 19th-century phenomenon, which began after the feudalism, and the rise of both capitalism and bandits with a lack of state power and of police forces. Whether the feudalistic before that was still Norman, I don't know, but the etymology is uncertain. It seems to be from "fierce", " brave", or the Arabic word for "cave"/underground" (Sicily was under the Islamic Caliphate before it's Norman conquest).



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Author Bio: Jacques Paquin is a descendant of Nicolas Paquin (April 5, 1648 – November 26, 1708) from La Poterie-Cap-d'Antifer, Normandy. Ancestor of virtually all the Paquins in North America.

Norman Descendants
Norman Descendants

Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Viking conquerors lead by Rollo of the territory and the native Merovingian culture formed from Germanic Franks and Romanised Gauls. Their identity emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century, and gradually evolved over succeeding centuries.