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 specialize 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) signify one other concentration. as well as papers discussing difficulties of authenticity and the consequences of forgery, a number of others use constitution facts to shed new gentle on royal and aristocratic values and on serious sessions within the background of William the Conqueror and the Marshal earls. 3 papers take a comparative examine previous 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 energy, NIGEL WEBB.
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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. One of the central episodes of the Histories is the destruction of the church of the Holy Sepulchre by al-Hakim in 1009. Its importance being enhanced by its closeness to the millennium and the theme of pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
75 Gesta Regum, i, 623–9. 76 Cf. A. Grabois, ‘The Description of Jerusalem by William of Malmesbury: a Mirror of the Holy Land’s Presence in the Anglo-Norman Mind’, ANS 13, 1990 (1991), 145–56. 32 Anglo-Norman Studies XXV away from the imperial idea. It suggested an indifference to Byzantine history which was reinforced by the new interest in Jerusalem. But the problem of Byzantium did not go away. The Norman penetration of southern Italy gave it renewed importance. The favourable assessment made by Norman historians of Alexius I Comnenus’s aims and abilities helped to prepare the ground for the first crusade.
Alexius had failed to honour his obligations to them. 81 His previous actions towards the crusaders were interpreted in the light of this betrayal of his trust. 77 Gesta Francorum et aliorum Hierosolimitanorum, ed. R. Hill, Oxford 1962, ix–xvi; J. France, Victory in the East: a Military History of the First Crusade, Cambridge 1994, 374–8. 78 Gesta Francorum, I (iii): p. 13, 22; II (v): p. 1; II (viii): p. 5. g. , I (ii): p. 4, 19; I (ii): p. 4; I (iii): p. 24–5; I (iv): p. 7; I (iv), p. 12; II (v): p.