The Rise of the Normans as Ethnopoiesis
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This chapter investigates how the Normans cultural heritage was turned into historical and literary tradition. However, judging from the textual context, it seems very likely that the binding element between the Anglo-Norman followers of the mid-twelfth century crusader and their famous ancestors, most probably including the all-time heroes of Anglo-Norman historiography such as Rollo, Richard I and of course William the Conqueror, was their shared cultural heritage. The chapter concludes that maintaining a sense of community and historical belonging which embraces the cultural memory of several generations and constantly needs to be reconciled with the present state of affairs, or simply living up to one's tradition, is a process with two preconditions: the sedimentary residues of the past must be re-assessed and re-arranged in a semantically coherent way, which usually takes the form of a narrative: the narrative, which draws from as well as helps define a certain canon, needs to be codified in durable medial form.