The Sicilian Vespers : a history of the Mediterranean world in the later thirteenth century.

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Edition
  • 1st paperback ed.
Published
  • Cambridge [England] : University Press 1958
Physical description
xiii, 355 pages illustrations, portraits, maps (1 folded), genealogical tables 22 cm
ISBN
  • 0521437741
  • 9780521437745
  • 0521286522
  • 9780521286527
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-338).
  • D: Anon.
Contents
  • ch. I. Death of antichrist -- ch. II. Hohenstaufen inheritance -- ch. III. Across the Adriatic -- ch. IV. Search for a king: Edmund of England -- ch. V. Search for a king: Charles of Anjou -- ch. VI. Angevin Invasion -- ch. VII. Conradin -- ch. VIII. King Charles of Sicily -- ch. IX. Mediterranean Empire -- ch. X. Pope Gregory X -- ch. XI. Angevin revival -- ch. XII. great conspiracy -- ch. XIII. Vespers -- ch. XIV. Duel between the kings -- ch. XV. End of King Charles -- ch. XVI. Vespers and the fate of Sicily -- ch. XVII. Vespers and the fate of Europe.
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  • History.
  • text
Language
  • English

Summary

  • 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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