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The Sicilian Vespers

Steven Runciman

The Sicilian Vespers

Steven Runciman

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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.

- Publisher 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.

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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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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.
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Meet the Author

Steven Runciman

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.

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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  • Catalogue Code 87851
  • Product Code 0521437741
  • EAN 9780521437745
  • Pages 368
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jul 1992
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 x 28 mm
  • Weight 0.452kg

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