The Norman Kingdom of Sicily

The Norman Kingdom of Sicily

by Donald Matthew
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521262844

ISBN-13: 9780521262842

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521262842
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Medieval Textbooks Series
Pages:
418
Sales rank:
1,256,138
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Note on coinage
Map of Sicily and Southern Italy
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Normans and the monarchy
1Southern Italy and the Normans before the creation of the monarchy9
2The establishment of the kingdom33
Pt. IIThe kingdom
3The material resources of the kingdom71
4The religious communities of the kingdom86
5Intellectual and artistic aspects of the kingdom112
6The ordering of society129
Pt. IIIThe monarchy
7The kings in their kingdom165
8Royal government and administration207
9The kingdom's defences and its enemies254
Pt. IVThe Norman legacy
10The kingdom in disarray285
11The kingdom revitalised315
12The kingdom betrayed363
Further reading381
Index399

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