Ystoire de li Normant

This is the only surviving copy of Amatus of Montecassino’s Historia Normannorum, likely written between 1072 and 1080. Translated from the original Latin into French around 1310, the history describes the arrival of the Normans as rulers of Sicily in the eleventh century. Amatus’ account focuses upon the political and military career of their leader, Robert Guiscard. The work also makes reference to other significant events of the eleventh century, including the Gregorian Reforms and the Battle of Hastings.

Manuscript (Unique)

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, fr 688.


Amatus, monk of Montecassino. Storia de’ Normanni. Edited by V. de Bartholomaeis. Rome: Fonti per la Storia d’Italia, 1935.

Amatus of Montecassino. The History of the Normans. Translated by Prescott N. Dunbar, revised with introduction and notes by Graham A. Loud. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA: Boydell Press, 2004.

Secondary Literature

Lazard, Sylvaine. “Contacts de culture dans l’Italie meridionale: la vulgarization francaise de l’Historia normannorum’ d’Aime du Mont-Cassin.” In Atti del XXI Congresso Internazionale di Linguistica e Filologia Romanza, 487-498. Tubingen: Niermeyer, 1998.

See also Arlima.