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The Norman Kingdom of Sicily

The Norman Kingdom of Sicily



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  • Date Published: July 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521269117

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  • This book is an introductory account of the kingdom of Sicily established in 1130 by Roger II, a 'Norman' king, and ruled by Roger, his own son and grandsons until 1194 when the kingdom was conquered by his son-in-law, Henry VI of Hohenstaufen. The period covered does, however, extend from Charles of Anjou, a period roughly as long and as coherent as the 'Norman' monarchy of England between 1066 and 1204. Roger II's difficulties in creating an enduring kingdom needed continuous military effort. Even when these efforts were no longer required, the monarchy had still to learn how to function in lands where traditions of local government were strong. Yet when the monarchy itself faltered, the kingdom did not fall apart. Frederick II, the grandson of Roger II, showed that it could be revived and that his sons could maintain it. The ways in which the monarchy made itself indispensable cannot be traced in detail, but pointers to its success can be seen. The kingdom did not spring full-armed at birth - it took time and experience to hammer it into shape. When at last it looked capable of assuming the leadership of all Italy, its enemies combined to prevent it from doing so with the most profound consequences for Italy, the papacy and the west.

    • A comprehensive account of one of the most interesting chapters of Mediterranean medieval history: the establishment of a great and rich kingdom by the Norman ruler Roger II
    • This is the first short, scholarly account of the topic to appear in modern times, although there have been a few general, narrative treatments of Roger's exotic court
    • The book provides solid historical background for those who visit Sicily today, and who visit the places associated with Roger and his successors (some of which, like the cathedral at Monreale, remain among the wonders of Europe)
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521269117
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 138 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Note on coinage
    Map of Sicily and southern Italy
    Part I. The Normans and the Monarchy:
    1. Southern Italy and the Normans before the creation of the monarchy
    2. The establishment of the kingdom
    Part II. The Kingdom:
    3. The material resources of the kingdom
    4. The religious communities of the kingdom
    5. Intellectual and artistic aspects of the kingdom
    6. The ordering of society
    Part III. The Monarchy:
    7. The kings in their kingdom
    8. Royal government and administration
    9. The kingdom's defences and its enemies
    Part IV. The Norman Legacy:
    10. The kingdom in disarray
    11. The kingdom revitalised
    12. The kingdom betrayed

  • Author

    Donald Matthew, University of Reading

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