The Administration of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily

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The administration of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily has long been held up to be the most advanced government in twelfth-century Europe. However, until now there has been considerable confusion about how this bureaucracy actually functioned, whether it developed in the twelfth century or retained the form given it by Roger II; whether it had regional variations, what the identity of different departments of government was, who did what within the structures of government, and what the relationship between the ...
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Overview

The administration of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily has long been held up to be the most advanced government in twelfth-century Europe. However, until now there has been considerable confusion about how this bureaucracy actually functioned, whether it developed in the twelfth century or retained the form given it by Roger II; whether it had regional variations, what the identity of different departments of government was, who did what within the structures of government, and what the relationship between the Greek, Arabic and Latin elements within the administration was. This work goes a long way to sorting out these problems. The author's meticulous work with chronicles and charters enables him to clear up many problems and mysteries in the administration of finance and justice and to identify such uncertainties as remain. This fundamental work forms a basic reference point for future studies of Norman Sicily and of government in the high Middle Ages.
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  • ISBN-13: 9789004098657
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Series: Medieval Mediterranean Series, #3
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Tables
Abbreviations
Transliteration System
Maps
Introduction: Two Mysteries 1
1 A Mystery in History: The Norman Kingdom of Sicily (1130-98) 1
2 A Mystery in Historiography: Norman Administration in Sicily 11
1 Foundation of the Norman Administrative System (ca. 1058-1112) 25
1 Inheritance from the Great Count Roger I (1058-1101) 25
2 Minority of Simon and Roger II under the Regency of Adelasia (1101-12) 40
2 Creation of a New Kingdom by Roger II (1112-40) 47
1 Roger II's Reign as Count of Calabria and Sicily (1112-27) 47
2 Creation of a New Kingdom and Pacification of the Peninsula (1127-40) 56
3 Administration during the War Period (1127-40) 64
3 Establishment of a New Administrative System (1140-54) 73
1 Introduction of Royal Chamberlains and Royal Justiciars into the New Territory 73
2 Creation of the Diwan at-tahqiq al-mamur for Sicily 81
3 Transformation of the Central Government 84
4 Administration under William I (1154-66) 95
1 Maio of Bari and Familiares regis 95
2 Chamberlains and Justiciars at the Central Government 101
3 Administration of the Peninsula 104
5 Central Government and the Administration of Sicily under William II (1166-89) 115
1 William II and Familiares regis 115
2 Justiciars of the Great Royal Court, Chamberlains of the Royal Palace, and the Admirals 125
3 Duana de secretis and the Administration of Sicily 133
6 Administration of the Peninsula under William II (1166-89) 143
1 Master Justiciars and Master Chamberlains in the Peninsula 143
2 Duana baronum 145
3 Changes in the Administrative Structure of the Peninsula 155
Conclusion 163
Appendix I Dating System 173
Appendix II Norman Diplomas 183
Appendix III Dukes, Princes and Counts (1130-89) 199
Appendix IV Officials 211
Appendix V Genealogies 221
Bibliography 229
Index 263
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