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The English and the Normans – Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation, and Identity 1066-c.1220 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation, and Identity 1066-c.1220

Hugh M. Thomas


Since the Anglo-Norman period itself, the relations between the English and the Normans have formed a subject of lively debate. For most of that time, however, complacency about the inevitability of assimilation and of the Anglicisation of Normans after 1066 has ruled. This book first challenges that complacency, then goes on to explain why the two peoples merged and the Normans became English following years of ethnic hostility. Drawing on anthropological theory, the latest scholarship on Anglo-Norman England, and sources ranging from charters and legal documents to saints' lives and romances ... More

Keywords: Normans, ethnic relations, cultural assimilation, ethnic identity, Anglo-Norman period, Anglicisation, England, Middle Ages, ethnic hostility, Englishness

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251230
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251230.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh M. Thomas, author
Professor of History, University of Miami
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PART I Theory and Background

PART II Personal Interaction, Assimilation, and Identity

PART III The Reconstruction of English Identity

PART IV Identity and Culture