| My Norman ancestors joined an army of Norman, Breton, Flemish, and French soldiers who followed William the Conqueror to England and ended up serving the ruling class in England as Sheriffs and tax collectors for the various Kings. They held the Earldom of Arundel during the period 1267 - 1580 and are still close to the Royals, the head of the family serving today as the 18th Duke of Norfolk |
My line drew the short straw and my earliest ancestor struck out for America landing at the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634,
Read the introduction to this book at AZ and you'll see that the Normans moved extensively throughout Europe and brought with them a remarkable willingness to incorporate the good things they found in the various countries they conquered and settled with the culture they left behind.
Among other things:
"They had the instinctive ability to recognize which local traditions were superior to their own and to combine the various cultural and legal elements into a cohesive whole."