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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 specific specialise in Scottish topics. There are six papers on facets of Scottish historical past from the 11th to the early 13th century: on kings and their fans, at the development 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 proof to shed new gentle on royal and aristocratic values and on serious sessions within the heritage of William the Conqueror and the Marshal earls. 3 papers take a comparative examine earlier and current interpretations of legislation 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 energy, NIGEL WEBB.

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His De Legatione, in which he described his experiences as ambassador to the Byzantine court in 968, by contrast does not seem to have been much used. 3 The Antapodosis is very much a history of Liutprand’s own times. There is a strongly personal element to it. 4 For reasons never explained, Berengar dismissed him from his service in 950 after his return from his first embassy to Constantinople. Liutprand was forced into exile, where his diplomatic skills recommended him to Otto I. The breadth of his treatment of the contemporary scene can be explained by the range of his contacts and by his extensive diplomatic experience, which included at least three trips to Constantinople as an ambassador.

81 Gesta Francorum, X (xxx): p. 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.

He behaved with perfect decorum, seeking permission from the emperor to cross Asia Minor. His refusal to accept the rich presents provided by the emperor was done out of a desire to show that he had no need of the emperor’s generosity, which caused offence. He was left without even wood for a fire. 55 This tale serves a similar purpose to the Byzantine material in William of Poitiers: to show that the Normans measure up to and even surpass the standards demanded by the Byzantines. It is of some interest that the interpolator should even have considered including a story like this.

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