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*Norman Centuries *
“A Norman History Podcast”
By Lars Brownworth
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Brownworth is a teacher and author, so his podcasting approach is more like
a recitation than the more informal, sometimes irreverent look at history
many podcasters present. In his Norman history podcast he doesn’t ask for
questions or interact with the listeners. I imagine he’s reading his book,
or at least his lecture notes. He does answer questions on his blog
“Finding History” (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__larsbrownworth.com_blog_&d=DwIFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=HMuG7tl-bVEdqt-txqKN6pejKTIm0blUrdFOGfTmvlU&m=uq4Gv0Xepcp86dwzbADZEBFBxxJKjn3rlAKKGkHPSbw&s=pfoMOU4-Z4k308II0qzZPzBGDwx86NUOJzwGRwkjexI&e=), which seems to cover
all his podcasts and perhaps his books.

Brownworth is the author of the popular podcast “12 Byzantine Rulers: The
History of the Byzantine Empire.” He also is the author of the books *Lost
to the West:* *The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western
Civilization, The Normans: From Raiders to Kings* and *The Sea Wolves: A
History of the Vikings*. The latter book made it to the New York Times
bestsellers list. So this podcast is presented by a recognized expert.

And it is informative. Brownworth describes the Normans as a “footloose
band of individual adventurers who appeared out of nowhere to blaze across
the face of Dark Age Europe.” He begins with Rollo and follows the Normans
through William, Tancred and Bohemond. He follows their adventures in
France, England, Ireland, the German states, Sicily and Antioch. And he
notes that the Norman Principality of Antioch outlasted the Kindgom of
Sicily by a century.

It’s been a year since I listened to this, and I remember I particularly
enjoyed the stories of the Normans in Outremer. His theme, that the Normans
never stopped being restless, never settled down completely, is supported
by a lot of evidence. And he appears to know his subject well.

But his website contains nothing more than you find on iTunes or Stitcher.
No maps, no reference material, not even a place for comments. On the plus
side, it also doesn’t ask you to subscribe or join Patreon. He doesn’t ask
for money anywhere.

“Norman Centuries” began in September  2009 and ended with episode 20 in
October 2014.








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