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The People of the Duchy of Normandie

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The People of the Duchy of Normandie

 

The People of the Knightly Jarldom, also known as Normans, descend from the Valtian Vikings, or Norsemen, from the war band of the sellswords Horik and Hyngwar Rognvaldsson, also known as the Leopard Brothers, who settled on the Isle of Quercy after Horik and Hyngwar Rognvaldsson had become the vassals of King Clovis VII of Franciana, and Francianish locals.

 

Normans do still very much adhere to the ancient codes of conduct, including courtly love, which were adhered to by the Norman knights of old with gallant knightly values including honour, bravery, courteousness and honesty. Those codes of conduct are to this very day commonly known as the Norman Code of Chivalry. An important part of chivalry was to show respect and gallantry towards others. The aforesaid Code of Chivalry was and is an important part of the society and lives of people who dwell in the Twin Peninsula Jarldom and was admired and understood by all.

 

Despite the eventual conversion to Christianity of quite a few of them, their adoption of the Walsch language, and their abandonment of sea roving for Francianish cavalry warfare in the decades following their settlement in Normandie, the Normans retained many of the traits of their piratical Viking ancestors. They displayed an extreme restlessness and recklessness, a love of fighting accompanied by almost foolhardy courage, and a craftiness and cunning that went hand in hand with outrageous treachery.

 

In their expansion into other parts of Micras, the Normans compiled a record of astonishingly daring exploits in which often a mere handful of men would vanquish an enemy many times as numerous. An unequaled capacity for rapid movement across land and sea, the use of brutal violence, a precocious sense of the use and value of money - these are among the traits traditionally assigned to the Normans.

 

From their settlements in Normandie the adventurous Normans embarked on several major expansionary campaigns in Micras. The most important of those was the invasion of the kingdoms of Bosworth and Anglethyr in 1204 by Duke Fulk of Normandy, who became King of both Bosworth and Anglethyr upon the success of what is now known as the Norman Conquest. Much earlier in the long and glorious history of the Duchy, Norman adventurers also began a somewhat more prolonged and haphazard migration to other parts of Reikistjarna. Among the most remarkable of these Norman adventurers were Roger de Hauteville, who founded the County of Sicilia, and Tancredo d'Adraisio who founded the County of Adraisia.

 

Among the Norman traits regarded by their contemporaries as specially characteristic were their utterly unbridled character and their capacity for quick and fruitful imitation and adaptation. The former characteristic contributed to the production, by a process akin to natural selection, of lines of outstandingly able and ruthless rulers wherever a Norman state came into being. Numerous of the Norman rulers of Normandie, Bosworth, Anglethyr, and Sicilia were among the most powerful and successful secular potentates of their age in their ability to create political institutions that were both stable and enduring.

 

The Normans’ capacity for imitation and adaptation was even more significant for the history of Micras. The art of building castles was not a Norman invention, but the Normans became masters in the use of very simple yet enormously effective castles. These little fortifications, which were complementary to the warfare conducted in open country by small units of cavalry, became the hallmark of Norman penetration and conquest.

 

Again, although the Normans were at first novices and imitators in the practice of fighting on horseback, they soon became masters of cavalry warfare as it was then practiced on Reikistjarna. Mounted on much the same breed of war horse as zir Hammish, Providian, or Gascon opponent, wearing the heavy mail hauberk that was standard among the warriors of the time, protected by a conical helmet and a kite-shaped shield, and armed with a long, broad-bladed sword and a slender lance, the Norman cavalryman proved on countless occasions that he could outfight and overwhelm the most powerful forces brought against him. To some extent, no doubt, this was due to the importance which the Norman knightly class attached to the training of young warriors.

 

The Normans were quick to imitate whatever they saw, and this faculty of imitation is evident in all the different countries where the Normans settled. But Norman imitation was never slavish, and is certainly not the whole story of Norman achievement. A truer explanation of Norman success would be that they combined a boundless self-confidence with a marked capacity for adapting to their own purposes the institutions they found in newly won territories. Thus, in Sicilia their control was based on faith in their own military superiority, their strategic use of castles and harbours, and their importation of feudalism to govern the relations of the count with zir more important subjects. In government, however, they adopted the highly advanced and largely literate techniques already developed by the Greco-Romans and the Muslims.

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