The Normans : From Kings to Raiders (2014) by Lars Brownworth is a highly readable account of the remarkable 200 year peak run of the Normans where the Normans went from settled princes in France to rulers of Sicily and much of Southern Italy and of England.
The achievements of the Normans read almost like a fantasy novel. They conquered new lands, fought off their own insurrections, murdered their brothers and some were even good administrators. Their impact is still around in language and the states that they developed altered history.
The book is well paced and never gets dull. It’s definitely worth a read for anyone looking for an interesting short European history book.