• The politics of being Norman in the reign of Richard the Fearless, Duke of Normandy (r. 942-996)

    Author(s):
    Fraser McNair (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Middle Ages, History
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Normandy, Richard the Fearless, Ethnicity, Succession Crisis, Carolingian Government, Medieval history, Early medieval history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6RC2H
    Abstract:
    In 966, by the end of the reign of its third duke, Richard I, Normandy had overcome the crises that had beset it in the middle of the century. Much of this success came from the coherence of its ruling group, which expressed itself partly in terms of ‘Norman’ identity. This article uses Dudo's history of the dukes and Richard's charters to argue that ‘Norman’ as a political identity was a deliberate creation of the court of Richard I in the 960s, following the perceived failure of his and his father's policies of assimilation into Frankish culture.
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