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Author Houben, Hubert.

Title Roger II of Sicily : a ruler between east and west / Hubert Houben ; translated by Graham A. Loud and Diane Milburn.

Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.


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 UniM Bail  945.704090 HOUB    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Roger II. von Sizilien. English
Physical description xviii, 231 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Series Cambridge medieval textbooks.
Cambridge medieval textbooks.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Map 1 Mediterranean in the time of Roger II xx -- Map 2 Norman kingdom of Sicily xxii -- Table 1 Genealogy: Roger II of Sicily xxiii -- Table 2 Genealogy: the children of Roger I of Sicily xxv -- Introduction: Roger II: a controversial ruler 1 -- 1 Inheritance 8 -- Roger I, the conqueror 8 -- Countess Adelaide as regent 24 -- 2 From count to king 30 -- Count of Sicily and Calabria 30 -- Duke of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily 41 -- King of Sicily and southern Italy 50 -- 3 New kingdom 60 -- Difficult beginnings 60 -- Mediterranean policy 76 -- European relations 86 -- 4 Between east and west 98 -- Culture 98 -- Images of rule 113 -- Legislation 135 -- Administration 147 -- Economy 159 -- 5 Epilogue: the kingdom of Sicily after Roger II 166 -- William 'the Bad' and William 'the Good' 166 -- End of the dynasty 172 -- 6 Conclusion: A multicultural ruler 176 -- Medieval authors 182.
Summary Although many recent studies have addressed important aspects of medieval southern Italy, this is the first work for nearly ninety years to be devoted specifically to the life and reign of King Roger II, the founder of the kingdom of Sicily. The book provides a comprehensive introductory narrative of the reign, and a clear, scholarly and up-to-date analysis of its culture and of the development of royal government. The kingdom created by the Norman Roger of Hauteville in the first half of the twelfth century was a monarchy with highly developed absolutist ideas, an elaborate bureaucracy, a reasonably well-filled treasury, and a mixed cultural heritage reflected by the presence of Arabs and Greeks at court. Based on many years of research in archives and libraries across Europe, the book offers a valuable overview of one of the most striking periods in south Italian and European history.
Language notes Translation of: Roger II. von Sizilien.
Subject Roger II, King of Sicily, 1095-1154.
Sicily (Italy) -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Sicily (Italy) -- History -- Roger II, 1105-1154.
Variant Title Roger the second of Sicily.
ISBN 0521652081
0521655730 (pb.)