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26 Facts About Normans
Normans are noted both for their culture, such as their unique Romanesque architecture and musical traditions, and for their significant military accomplishments and innovations.
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Opportunistic bands of Normans successfully established a foothold in southern Italy.
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Probably as the result of returning pilgrims' stories, the Normans entered southern Italy as warriors in 1017 at the latest.
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The following year the remainder of the crusading fleet, including a substantial number of Anglo-Normans, was invited by the count of Barcelona, Ramon Berenguer IV, to participate in the siege of Tortosa .
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Again the Normans were rewarded with lands in the newly conquered frontier city.
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Some Normans joined Turkish forces to aid in the destruction of the Armenian vassal-states of Sassoun and Taron in far eastern Anatolia.
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The Raoulii were descended from an Italo-Norman named Raoul, the Petraliphae were descended from a Pierre d'Aulps, and that group of Albanian clans known as the Maniakates were descended from Normans who served under George Maniaces in the Sicilian expedition of 1038.
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Normans brought many Norman counsellors and fighters, some of whom established an English cavalry force.
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Normans had a profound effect on Irish culture and history after their invasion at Bannow Bay in 1169.
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Normans went into Scotland, building castles and founding noble families that would provide some future kings, such as Robert the Bruce, as well as founding a considerable number of the Scottish clans.
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Legendary religious zeal of the Normans was exercised in religious wars long before the First Crusade carved out a Norman principality in Antioch.
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Later a group of Normans led by certain William participated in the failed siege of Tudela of 1087.
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Normans ordered Isaac to release the prisoners and the treasure.
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Normans's exploit was well publicized and contributed to his reputation; he derived significant financial gains from the conquest of the island.
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