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The Administration of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily
     

The Administration of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily

by Takayama, H. Takayama
 

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 12th century or retained the form given it by Roger II; whether it had regional variations, what

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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 12th 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 enable 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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The Japanese version has received the Suntory Award (1993), the Collegium Mediterranistarum Award (1994) and the Premio Marco Polo (1994).

'...livre d'un très grand intéret.'
L.B., Irénikon, 1994.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004098657
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1993
Series:
Medieval Mediterranean Series , #3
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.98(d)

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Hiroshi Takayama is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Letters of Tokyo University.

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