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(Imagining the Sacred Past: Hagiography and Power in Early Normandy.pdf) In the French king ceded land along the river Seine to Rollo the Viking on condition that he convert to Christianity Over the next century and a half Rollo and his descendants would become powerful and pious Christian rulers of the mighty European territory Normandy In Rollo s descendant William would conquer England with papal sanction br br Investigating the role of religious tradition in the legitimation of power and the establishment of identity Samantha Kahn Herrick illuminates the often murky early history of the duchy of Normandy Central to this religious heritage stood the region s traditional saints whose deeds recorded in Latin lives were celebrated regularly Herrick focuses on the neglected figures Taurinus of Evreux Vigor of Bayeux and Nicasius of Rouen saints with particular resonance in areas central to the Norman dukes territorial ambitions In elaborating a vision of the past that helped explain the present the saints stories sanctioned the dukes rule br br Innovative in its historical use of hagiographical literature this work advances our understanding of early Normandy and the Vikings transformation from pagan raiders to Christian princes It also sheds light on the intersection of religious tradition identity and powerDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Imagining the Sacred Past: Hagiography and Power in Early Normandy books for multiple devices.