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Normans of the South

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Professor Robert Bartlett explores the impact of the Normans on southern Europe and the Middle East, as they spread south in the 11th century.

Professor Robert Bartlett explores the impact of the Normans on southern Europe and the Middle East. The Normans spread south in the 11th century, winning control of southern Italy and the island of Sicily. There they created their most prosperous kingdom, where Christianity and Islam co-existed in relative harmony and mutual tolerance. It became a great centre of medieval culture and learning.

But events in the Middle East provoked the more aggressive side of the Norman character. In 1095, the Normans enthusiastically answered the pope's call for holy war against Islam and joined the first crusade. They lay siege to Jerusalem and eventually helped win back the holy city from the muslims. This bloody conquest left a deep rift between Christianity and Islam which is still being felt to this day.

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Wed 1 May 2019 22:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Robert Bartlett
Producer Charles Colville
Director Charles Colville
Series Producer Robin Dashwood
Executive Producer Chris Granlund

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  • Wed 18 Aug 2010 21:00
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  • Wed 1 May 2019 22:00