Monday, December 29, 2014

GREEK TRAGEDY FIRE FERRY POPE INVOLVED




Normans first arrived in Italy as pilgrims probably either on 

their way or returning 

from Rome or Jerusalem also visiting the shrine at Monte 

Gargano in the late tenth and early


 eleventh century. In 1017, the Lombard lords 

in Apuliarecruited their assistance against the


 dwindling power of the Byzantine Catapanate of Italy. They 

soon established vassal states of their own[1] and began to 



expand their conquests until they were encroaching on the 




Benevento and CapuaSaracen controlled territories, and 


territory


 under papal allegiance, as well as Greek. They began the 

conquest of Sicily in 1061 and it 
was complete by 1091.
Indeed Italo-Normans were the primary Norman 

mercenaries 


in the employ of the Byzantine emperors. Many found service 


in Rome, under the pope, and some went to Spain to join 



the Reconquista. In 1096, the Normans of Bohemond of 



Taranto joined the First Crusadeand set up the principality of 


Antioch 

in the Levant.






The House of Hauteville(FrenchMaison de 

Hauteville,ItalianCasa d'Altavilla,SicilianCasa 

d'Autavilla) was a petty baronial Norman family from

 the Cotentin which rose to prominence in Europe

, Asia, and Africa through its conquests in theMediterranean

, especiallysouthern Italy and Sicily. They

 also participated in the Norman conquest of England.