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The Normans

Told Chiefly in Relation to their Conquest of England 

Sarah Orne Jewett


I.  The Men of the Dragon Ships
II.  Rolf the Ganger
III. William Longsword
IV.  Richard the Fearless
V.  Duke Richard the Good
VI.  Robert the Magnificent
VII. The Normans in Italy
VIII. The Youth of William the Conqueror
IX.  Across the Channel
X. The Battle of Val-Ès-Dunes
XI. The Abbey of Bec
XII. Matilda of Flanders

XIII.  Harold the Englishman
XIV.  News from England
XV.  The Battle of Hastings
XVI.  William the Conqueror
XVII.  Kingdom and Dukedom
XVIII.  Conclusion

England After The Norman Conquest (1891)


Jewett's Sources


New York
G. P. Putnam's Sons
Published 1886

Text from 1905 revised edition, published as The Normans

My Dear Grandfather
Doctor WILLIAM PERRY, of Exeter 


Dr. Perry died in January 1887.

The copyright date for The Story of the Normans, according to WorldCat entries is 1886, though the first publication date usually is listed as 1887.  Reprintings were frequent until 1905. Beginning in 1891, the volume was printed under two titles:
    1.  The Story of the Normans, told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England (Original title),
    2.  The Normans, told chiefly in relation to their conquest of England.  (London: T. Fisher Unwin)
The new title apparently was occasioned by the preparation of the London publication by T. Fisher Unwin.  In a December 1890 letter to Louisa Dresel, Jewett reports working on revisions for this publication.  How extensive these were has not yet been determined, though superficial examination of the two versions shows that the pagination and illustrations are identical in both.  It appears that the revised version became available in the United States after 1891.  For most of the 1891-1905 period, the book was available under both titles, apparently in both the United States and Great Britain.  Details about the reprintings need still to be sorted out.

        Hathi Trust    1887 edition
    Google Books    1891 edition


Images of the Book

Illustration from the cover


G. P. Putnam

Frontispiece.   Birthplace of William the Conqueror.  Palaise.

Fold-out map.  Europe at the close of the 11th Century.

Edited and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College
Graphics assistance: Mary Dias, Coe College
    Research and other assistance: Allison Anderson,  Tanner Brossert, Linda and Gabe Heller.
Copyright 1998-2014 by Terry Heller