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Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy c.1050-1134
This detailed biography offers a reappraisal of the career of Robert Curthose, William the Conqueror's eldest son and duke of Normandy from 1087 to 1106, locating the duke's career in the social, cultural and political context of the period. Robert's relationship with members of his family shaped the political landscape of England and Normandy for much of the late eleventh ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Boydell Press
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I looked for a long time to find a biography of Robert Curthose and finally found this one waiting for me at Hodges & Figgis while visiting Dublin. I was not disappointed. Aird offers a complete, factual and sometimes necessarily speculative survey of Robert's life from childhood to duke to crusader to captive. His reconstruction of the life and character of Robert is well-balanced with the known facts and while this biography reforms some of the more negative opinions generally held of the ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Maja rated it 3 of 5 stars
When reading this biography it was clear from the outset, that Aird wanted to vindicate Duke Robert. And I do mostly agree with him, that Robert has been overly harshly judged by prosperity. But I do lament the fact that Henry I suffered in comparison. While Robert became the hero Henry was gradually turned into the big bad wolf. Not saying that this isn't somewhat justified, but what Aird did here was do to Henry, what he has been complaining about people doing to Robert.