New PDF release: The French in the Kingdom of Sicily, 1266-1305

By Jean Dunbabin

ISBN-10: 052119878X

ISBN-13: 9780521198783

Charles of Anjou's conquest of the Sicilian Regno in 1266 remodeled family among France and the dominion of Sicily. This unique research of touch and alternate within the center a while explores the importance of the numerous cultural, non secular and political exchanges among the 2 international locations, arguing that the hyperlinks have been extra diversified and greater than just the rulers' kin connections. Jean Dunbabin indicates how effect flowed as a lot from south to north as vice versa, and that France was once strongly encouraged by means of the reviews of these who back after years of battling within the Regno. in addition to contemplating the reports of remarkable crusading households, she sheds new mild at the profession of Robert II d'Artois, who almost governed the Regno for 6 years ahead of returning to France to transform the govt. of Artois. This comparative historical past of 2 societies bargains an enormous new point of view on medieval Western Europe.

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Legislation and Justice (Oxford: Clarendon, 1997), pp. 57–71. , pp. 531–2. Le Goff, Saint Louis, pp. 260, 270. Michael Camille, Gothic Art. Visions and Revelations of the Medieval World (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1996), p. 46. Introduction 13 reign of Philippe IV that these groups of civil servants took up permanent residence in new quarters in the rebuilt palace. But the roots of centralised administration were already by the end of Louis’s reign detectable to others than the members of the royal household.

We have already mentioned Frederick II’s welcome to North African Jews. Charles of Anjou was equally encouraging to men from Provence: Jean Dunbabin, Charles I of Anjou. Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe (Harlow: Longman, 1998), p. 157. , pp. 279–82. The Two Italies, pp. 49–55. For Genoa, see Steven A. Epstein, Genoa and the Genoese, 958–1528 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996), pp. 135–9, 141–4. Abulafia, Frederick II, pp. 310–12; in the reign of Manfred, the Genoese and Venetians played the central role: Enrico Pispisa, Il regno di Manfredi.

86–7; Alan Harding, Introduction 17 the harder it was to ensure that he always behaved as a royal agent, not as an independent person. 64 Local and personal interests often stood in the way. The decision after Louis’s return to France in 1254 to send out enquˆeteurs regularly to check on the abuses committed by officials did something to help, at least initially. But the gap between royal command and local execution was substantial in all medieval monarchies. The sheer size of the kingdom of France made this clearly visible, as did the survival of large principalities like Flanders and Gascony and, potentially at least, the new creation of substantial apanages.

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