The Norman Kingdom of Sicily / Edition 1

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Overview

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 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 1130 to 1266, when the kingdom passed from the Hohenstaufen heirs to 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 Henry VI, 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.
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"There is much of value about governmental administration, for example, that is not available elsewhere or is scattered through various books and articles. This volume will be useful to students." The International History Review

"Matthew's treatment of political life is gripping and dramatic...will be valued by scholars and graduate students who want to know more about southern Italy." History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521269117
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Medieval Textbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Note on coinage
Map of Sicily and Southern Italy
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Normans and the monarchy
1 Southern Italy and the Normans before the creation of the monarchy 9
2 The establishment of the kingdom 33
Pt. II The kingdom
3 The material resources of the kingdom 71
4 The religious communities of the kingdom 86
5 Intellectual and artistic aspects of the kingdom 112
6 The ordering of society 129
Pt. III The monarchy
7 The kings in their kingdom 165
8 Royal government and administration 207
9 The kingdom's defences and its enemies 254
Pt. IV The Norman legacy
10 The kingdom in disarray 285
11 The kingdom revitalised 315
12 The kingdom betrayed 363
Further reading 381
Index 399
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