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The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century
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On 30 March 1282, as the bells of Palermo were ringing for Vespers, the Sicilian townsfolk, crying â€˜Death to the Frenchâ€™, slaughtered the garrison and administration of their Angevin King. Seen in historical perspective it was not an especially big massacre: the revolt of the long-subjugated Sicilians might seem just another resistance movement. But the events of 1282 came at a crucial moment. Steven Runciman takes the Vespers as the climax of a great narrative sweep covering the whole of the Mediterranean in the thirteenth century. His sustained narrative power is displayed here with concentrated brilliance in the rise and fall of this fascinating episode. This is also an excellent guide to the historical background to Danteâ€™s Divine Comedy, forming almost a Who's Who of the political figures in it, and providing insight into their placement in Hell, Paradise or Purgatory.
Steven Runciman uses an historical episode as the climax of a great narrative sweep covering the whole of the Mediterranean in the 13th century.
On March 30, 1282, the Sicilian townsfolk of Palermo slaughtered the garrison and administration of their Angevin King. The massacre came at a climatic moment of thirteenth century Mediterranean history and its background is traced in this volume.
Steven Runciman uses a fascinating historical episode as the climax of a great narrative sweep covering the whole of the Mediterranean in the thirteenth century.
Table of Contents
1. The Death of AntiChrist; 2. The Hohenstaufen Inheritance; 3. Across the Adriatic; 4. The search for a King: Edmund of England; 5. The search for a King: Charles of Anjou; 6. The Angevin Invasion; 7. Conradin; 8. King Charles of Sicily; 9. A Mediterranean Empire; 10. Pope Gregory X; 11. The Angevin revival; 12. The great conspiracy; 13. The Vespers; 14. The duel between Kings; 15. The end of King Charles; 16. The vespers and the fate of Sicily; 17. The vespers and the fate of Europe.
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