However, on the political horizon clouds were gathering fast. Less than a month from the time of the coronation of Alexei as Robert Guiscard, Duke of Apulian, began a large-scale offensive against the empire. The history of the Normans in southern Italy begins around 1015, when the Lombard generals persuaded a group of young Norman pilgrims engage in the military service for the military operations against the Byzantines. The news about this soon came to Normandy, and the local young men seeking wealth and adventure, flocked to Italy; small at first a trickle quickly became a steady stream of immigration. After a while Norman mercenaries began to demand a fee for their service allotments. In 1053 near the Apulian town Civitate they defeated much superior in numbers army, which brought together and led them against Pope Leo IX.
The Right Kind of Girl
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