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The Decline and Fall of Medieval Sicily: Politics, Religion, and Economy in the Reign of Frederick III, 1296-1337 / Edition 1
     

The Decline and Fall of Medieval Sicily: Politics, Religion, and Economy in the Reign of Frederick III, 1296-1337 / Edition 1

by Clifford R. Backman
 

ISBN-10: 0521521815

ISBN-13: 9780521521819

Pub. Date: 08/22/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first detailed study of Sicilian life in the reign of Frederick III (1296-1337), a period that marked Sicily's transition from a bustling and prosperous Mediterranean emporium to a poor backwater torn apart by violence. This book, by focusing on Frederick III's crucial reign, argues that there were many more things "wrong" with Sicilian life than just

Overview

This is the first detailed study of Sicilian life in the reign of Frederick III (1296-1337), a period that marked Sicily's transition from a bustling and prosperous Mediterranean emporium to a poor backwater torn apart by violence. This book, by focusing on Frederick III's crucial reign, argues that there were many more things "wrong" with Sicilian life than just the shape of its overseas trade relations. Placing itself between those who blame the foreigners and those who blame the Sicilians themselves, it shows that an entire nexus of factors and influences were at work in unravelling Sicilian life. It also demonstrates that these forces can be seen best in the forty years that followed Sicily's liberation from foreign control in the bloody war of the "Sicilian Vespers."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521521819
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2002
Edition description:
FIRST/REPRINT
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. The kingdom at risk; 2. The international scene: war without and within; 3. A divided society I: the urban demesnal world; 4. A divided society II: the rural baronial world; 5. The religious scene: piety and its problems; 6. In the margins: slaves, pirates, and women; Conclusion; Tables; Bibliography.

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