The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 31, 1992 - History - 355 pages
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On 30 March 1282, as the bells of Palermo were ringing for Vespers, the Sicilian townsfolk, crying 'Death to the French', 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 Dante'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.
  

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Review: The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Ponderously detailed; meant for research and the period expert. Will resume in the future. Read full review

Review: The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century

User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

Wow, thirteenth century politics was complicated. I wouldn't call this light reading, but Runciman makes it all very vivid and comprehensible, giving a fascinating look at a society full of plots and intrigue. Definitely a must-read if you're at all interested in medieval European history. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE page ix
1
THE DEATH OF ANTICHRIST
16
THE HOHENSTAUFEN INHERITANCE
26
ACROSS THE ADRIATIC
39
EDMUND OF
53
CHARLES OF ANJOU
65
THE ANGEVIN INVASION
78
CONRADIN
96
THE GREAT CONSPIRACY
201
THE VESPERS
214
THE DUEL BETWEEN THE KINGS
228
THE END OF KING CHARLES
242
THE VESPERS AND THE FATE OF SICILY page
257
THE VESPERS AND THE FATE OF EUROPE
280
APPENDIX
288
NOTES
294

KING CHARLES OF SICILY
117
A MEDITERRANEAN EMPIRE
135
POPE GREGORY X
148
THE ANGEVIN REVIVAL
171
BIBLIOGRAPHY
330
INDEX
339
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Sir Steven Runciman (1903 2000) was the pre-eminent historian of the Crusades and the Byzantine Empire. His acclaimed History of the Crusades was first published from 1951 4.

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