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Roger II of Sicily

Roger II of Sicily
A Ruler between East and West

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  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521655736

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  • This is a scholarly and up-to-date narrative of the epic reign of the "Norman" King Roger II, the founder of the kingdom of Sicily during the first half of the twelfth century. It is a thoughtful analysis of the kingdom's mixed east-west culture and the development of its royal government; the most advanced in twelfth-century Europe. Although many recent studies have addressed important aspects of medieval southern Italy, this is the first work in nearly ninety years to be devoted specifically to Roger's life and reign.

    • A full account of the life and reign of one of the most unusual and charismatic of all medieval rulers, aimed at students and general readers
    • A serious account of Roger II since two much-reprinted studies published in 1904 and 1913, and using much material
    • Provides essential background reading for anyone visiting the astonishing relics of Roger's reign which are seen by tens of thousands of tourists each year
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...considerable descriptive powers of Houben...I hope this text is read widely...This translation is another great contribution by Graham Loud...He and Diane Milburn are to be commended." Louis I. Hamilton, Rutgers University, Canadian Journal of History

    "Thoroughly researched and worthwhile..." Catholic Library World

    "The book's unique historiographical position and high quality should recommend it to medieval generalists and specialists alike." History

    "Greene's valuable study is more than sufficient to demonstrate that looking at Mediterranean history primarily as a clash of two discrete and hostile civilizations is more helpful for the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries than it is for the twelfth." International History Review

    "This short review does not do justice to the depth and substance of Houben's examination of this fascinating man and kingdom, which is at once learned, argumentative and readable. No small achievement." Journal of Church and State

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521655736
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 142 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Foreword to the German edition
    Preface to the German edition
    Preface to the English edition
    List of abbreviations
    Genealogy tables
    Introduction. Roger II: a controversial ruler
    1. The inheritance
    2. From count to king
    3. The new kingdom
    4. Between east and west
    5. Epilogue: the kingdom of Sicily after Roger II
    6. Conclusion. A multicultural ruler
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  • Author

    Hubert Houben, Università degli Studi di Lecce, Italy


    Graham A. Loud, University of Leeds

    Diane Milburn

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