By John Gillingham
The conflict convention celebrated its quarter-centenary in 2002 in Glasgow, and this quantity, whereas starting from Norman Sicily to Scandinavia, has a selected concentrate on Scottish topics. There are six papers on elements of Scottish historical past from the 11th to the early 13th century: on kings and their fans, at the construction of burghs, and at the border abbey church buildings. Charters (Norman, Anglo-Norman and Scottish) symbolize one other concentration. as well as papers discussing difficulties of authenticity and the results of forgery, a number of others use constitution facts to shed new gentle on royal and aristocratic values and on serious classes within the background of William the Conqueror and the Marshal earls. 3 papers take a comparative examine prior and current interpretations of legislations and legislations codes in England, Scotland and Scandinavia; examine modern historians' perceptions of the Jews and Byzantium.Contributors: MICHAEL ANGOLD, G.W.S. BARROW, DAVID BATES, DAUVIT BROUN, JULIA CRICK, A.A.M. DUNCAN, RICHARD FAWCETT, J0HN HUDSON, MICHAEL H. GELTING, MICHAEL KENNEDY, RICHARD MORTIMER, BRUCE O'BRIEN, DANIEL strength, NIGEL WEBB.
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5–13. Knowledge of Byzantine History in the West 33 In the aftermath of the conquest of Antioch, the combination of Byzantine indifference and of division among the crusade leadership left the expedition without clear direction. 82 Rather than resort to outright criticism of the leaders of the crusade, it was easier to shift the blame to the Byzantine emperor. The author of the Gesta Francorum was only reflecting the attitudes of the rank and file, but the success of the crusade meant that these acquired authority and currency.
18 He adds some interesting details that distance his narrative from that of Glaber. He knows that the Normans were defeated by the Varangian guard. 19 This may not be strictly accurate but it is an interesting link made between the Normans in southern Italy and pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The section on the Normans is an interpolation that Ademar added to the original text of the chronicle. There are three other related interpolations, first noted by R. L. 23 This enabled Wolff to identify Ademar’s informant: none other than St Symeon of Trier, who had originally been a monk of Sinai.
He notes with disapproval their use of money to get their own way. ’13 On the other hand, Glaber does not impugn their faith. 14 He also has details of the mission of Ulric, bishop of Orleans, carried out for the Capetian king Robert II (996–1031) at the court of the Emperor Constantine VIII (1025–28). 15 But these details are only incidental to his account of the bishop’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where the miracle of the Holy Fire provides the centrepiece of the narrative. Any consideration of the place of Byzantium in Glaber’s Histories has to take into account the significant shift of focus to Jerusalem.