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City and Community in Norman Italy

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403079

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  • Thisstudy of urban society in twelfth-century mainland Norman Italy examines the self-governing role of urban communities and explores their social ordering, identities and communal activities. Drawing on charters, chronicles, annals and other sources, Paul Oldfield uncovers notable continuities in a range of cities across southern Italy throughout a period of regime change and disruption. Unlike traditional interpretations which suggest that the Normans, and the creation of a monarchy in 1130, stifled urban development, this book suggests that south Italian urban communities were still able to enjoy a level of autonomy under the Norman monarchy. By emphasising the fluidity of the social structures and groups found in these cities, alongside the influential role of both the Church and civic consciousness, the author sheds light on the multi-layered complexity of the urban communities of Norman Italy and provides a more balanced comparison with the cities of northern Italy.

    • Sheds light on the impact of the Normans on urban autonomy and civic life
    • Uses an extensive range of charter material, not just narrative evidence
    • Will appeal to scholars of medieval Italy in the High middle Ages across medieval history, medieval studies, urban history and Mediterranean studies
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    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403079
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Urban Government and Communal Independence:
    1. Before 1085: the arrival of the Normans
    2. The fragmentation of power (1085–1127)
    3. Civil war and unification (1127–39)
    4. The Norman kingdom of Sicily (1139–89)
    5. From the Normans to the Staufen (1189–1220)
    Part II. Urban Society: Community, Identity and Wealth:
    6. Populations, cultural identity and citizenship
    7. The community
    8. The Church, bishop and civic identity
    9. The urban economy
    Conclusion
    Appendix
    Map of southern Italy
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Paul Oldfield, Manchester Metropolitan University

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