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Monday, July 11, 2011


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Thanks for sidetracking into the 1st Crusade! I've been positively giddy with anticipation to see if you'd dip into the Levant for the whole previous century's worth of podcasts, probably even since ol' Aetheled the Unready. For me it's an interest point second only to 1066 in Medieval English relevance, and I'm glad to see you don't shrink from concurrent histories when you think they're interesting enough.

I was wondering if you'd be willing and interested in going a bit into the religious and ecclesiastical differences between Normandy and Norman England at the time, and what it meant for England post 1066. I realize I probably should have asked this when you were still leading up to 1066, as it would have been a more striking dissimilarity then, but it seems to me over the past few podcasts that the Norman Church and English laity as such likely did not see eye for a generation or so (notwithstanding the conflicts between Church leaders and the Norman Dukes).

I know you've gone into the political conflicts between Bishops and various Sovereigns and even the Pope in Rome, but I was just wondering, if you'd find it interesting, if you'd like to spend a bit on that particular facet of norman cultural conquest.

David Crowther

being sidetracked has been one of the joys of doing this podcast. For example, I found the history of early Scandinavia fascinating. The history of the Crusades and Outremer I think is quite extra ordinary - I am deeply tempted to do another podcast on them, but lord knows where I'd founnd the time. But thanks - you've iven me the excuse I needed for the other crusades!
Let me think about the attitude of the English laity towards the Norman reforms; needs a bit of work I think. Certainly what has struck me is the old Norman arrogance - England as a provincial backwater - above and beyond the general, Europewide trend of church reform. And in the process (I'm not an expert) it seems to me that the local connections between church and laity were weakened, for a while. And the old national symbols of the English church were also damaged as Cathedrals were built and diocese moved to new centres.
Anyway, thanks for the comment and encouragement !

Clive Tucker

Hi David
I'm an expat living in NZ, whilst I'm an avid history reader your podcasts are really bringing our history to life. I listen to your podcasts while driving around, on business travel, across the country. I'm loving them. I'm up to episode 26 and I'm pleased to say, I have plenty to go! My 20 year old son, who is a true blue kiwi and plays rugby for Otago, is also hooked and studying history at the University of Otago, has told me he is learning more from you than his History Professor....is that good or bad? Anyhow well done, Top Job.

You mentioned a sadness at the fall of Troy - do you remember? Would love to hear your thoughts on that earlier age. Have you read 'Where Troy Once Stood' by Iman Wilkens ? Trojans in British Isles? For a place name buff such as yourself you will find it unputdownabe!
Regards Clive. Hawkes Bay NZ.

The History of England

Hi Clive

You lucky thing. I love England and all, but I'd love a chance to see NZ. Hope it's as good as it sounds. Plays rugby for Otago? That's something of an achievement isn't it?

I've not read that but will look out for it. There's a tradition is there not that Aneas fled Troy and ended up in England? Could be wrong...

Cheers, David

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