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Return to Book Page. On 30 Marchas the bells of Palermo were ringing for Vespers, the Sicilian townsfolk, crying ‘Death to the French’, slaughtered the garrison and constanttinopla of their Angevin King. Seen in historical perspective it consttantinopla not an especially big massacre: But the events of came On 30 Marchas 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.

But the events of came at a crucial runcimman. 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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Lists with This Book. In common with Runciman’s writing generally this is an approachable, easy reading but shallow political history. He tells a good story, but the history is marred by his taste for making judgements.

Unless you are a particular Verdi fan or a devotee to popular insurrections in medieval Europe you may not have heard of the Sicilian Vespers – when while waiting for Church doors to open for Vespers in before Easter, Sicilians turned on the French soldiers of the Anvegin King Charles I and begun In common with Runciman’s writing generally this is an approachable, easy reading but shallow political history.

Unless you are a particular Verdi fan or a devotee to popular insurrections in medieval Europe you may not have heard of the Sicilian Vespers – when while waiting for Church doors to open for Vespers in before Easter, Sicilians turned on the French soldiers of the Anvegin King Charles I and begun a rebellion which was to last for many years.

The book takes a straightforward narrative approach, beginning with the end of Hohenstaufen power in Southern Italy, continuing with the take over of southern Italy and Sicily by the French Angevinswith the backing of the Papacy and along with it the ambitions of Frederick II and his ancestors the Norman rulers of southern Italy to contsantinopla their lordship into northern Italy and across the Adriatic and finishes with the Vespers and their aftermath when eventually Sicily was to pass into the eager hands of the King of Aragon.

Naturally, the theme of passionate resistance to foreign rule and interfering Popes was cadw tailor made for Verdi. With the exception of an appendix, it doesn’t engage constantinoppa the source material nor is constantinoplla any context beyond the narrowly political so the reader is subjected to a sequence of events but there is not much in the way of analysis of the basis of political power and success. As far as I recall the book was marketed as providing helpful background to reading Dante, its fair to say view rinciman [ and only a little spoiler hide spoiler ] that in Hell as far as Dante was concerned, one would meet many of the supporters of the Angevins.

View all 4 comments. Oct 11, Jonfaith rated it liked it Shelves: No conception in medieval history was finer than that of the Universal Church, uniting Christendom into one great theocracy governed by the impartial wisdom of the Vicar of God. But in this sinful world even the Vicar of God needs material strength to enforce his holy will.

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Feel free to read the above with cynicism. Runciman offers a series of top-down facts. The doctor doesn’t appear troubled by living conditions or world views. The principal characters trot onto stage and various episodes unfol No conception in medieval history was finer than that of the Universal Church, uniting Christendom into one great theocracy governed by the impartial wisdom of the Vicar of God.

The principal characters trot onto stage and various episodes unfold. The only detail supplied pertains to battles. One is quickly struck by the precarious health of the Bishops of Rome: Ultimately the Sicilians, once a proud multicultural society rebel in against their Angevin occupiers. As a result of this unexpected intifada, all such Norman expansionist matters ground to a halt.

The papacy shifted gears and nationalism edged ahead of the Universal Church. This is not a satisfying text, but it did whet appetites for further researches. Jun 28, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: The story surrounding the Sicilian Vespers is one of my favorites of medieval history – it’s dramatic, engaging, and pulls in most of the big players in Europe at the end of the 13th century – and Runciman tells the story really well. It’s a huge cast of characters, enough to require several pull-out charts of family dynasties in the appendix, and he mostly manages to balance them well and keep things from getting too muddled.

If you want to know what was going on the Mediterranean in the late m The story surrounding the Sicilian Vespers is one of my favorites of medieval history – it’s dramatic, engaging, and pulls in most of the big players in Europe at the end of the 13th century – and Runciman tells the story really well. If you want to know what was going on the Mediterranean in the late medieval period, this is a great book to read. I don’t want to give it five stars, though, because I think Runciman is a little to quick to cast characters or groups of people into pretty strict moral categories without providing much evidence to back it up.

Charles of Anjou is cold and remote, a “failure as a man” whose hubris led to his downfall. Martin IV is a short-sighted French patriot who caused the downfall of the medieval papacy. The Sicilian people were united victims of repression whose spirit of nationalism caused them to fight for freedom.

All of these things have aspects of truth to them, I think, but Runciman uses them too frequently as the causation behind events without providing good evidence that they were true rather than attempts to make complicated people fit neatly in molds. The papacy, for example, was probably not set on an inevitable decline thanks to the Vespers, as Runciman suggests.

While it was a big of setback, it was one that was recoverable at least until the mess with Philip IV and Boniface and the lengthy trip to Avignon. The Sicilians probably weren’t a united national front, and stating that there rebellion was a pure demonstration against repression is unsubstantiated especially since Runicman spends so little time on how Charles of Anjou’s regime was different from the Hohenstaufens before him.

I got the impression that Runicman in general just wasn’t much of a fan of the medieval papacy, and really loved Byzantium, and that colors the account.

Those are all definite problems underlying Runciman’s narrative, but it’s still excellently written and serves as a great introduction to the political events that dominated the Mediterranean in the later 13th century. Spanish review El 29 de marzo de los sicilianos se rebelan contra sus invasores y explotadores franceses. El Papa es aliado de la casa de Francia y de Carlos de Anjou. Cierto q Spanish review El 29 de marzo de los sicilianos se rebelan contra sus invasores y explotadores franceses.

Presentando a las partes implicadas, sus circunstancias, etc. Lo que cabe esperar de este maestro historiador. Jul 18, Ned rated it really liked it Shelves: Runciman runcimsn it again. He takes a period full of constant strife and turmoil with a bewildering array of characters and shifting alliances and aggressions and lays it all out plain as day.

Mostly centering on the life and times of Charles II of Anjou and King of Naples and Sicily,it is the island itself that both becomes runcimsn and pivot in Europe at a time when all of western christendom would turn after centuries of outward reaching and seeking instead would become both inward and self-absorbed.

Internal or cross border factionalism would remain the by-word sfeven collective activity rather than the forging of bonds to make overseas conquests of the numerous crusades over the previous centuries.

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Sicily would thereafter become an appendage to the Two Scilies crown constatninopla forgotten as mostly a conshantinopla of revenue with scanty and problematic representation. Jun 24, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: And while Runciman had his bones to pick, almost nobody writes with his verve and quiet humor anymore – see his classic 3-volume history of the Crusades as a further example.

This particular work is how the Papacy and the Angevins were thwarted by the Byzantines and the Aragonese but most of all, by the courage and stubbornness of the people of Sicily themselves. How early forms of nationalism started to confront the ruciman Church. Steven Stfven e un bun povestitor. Sep 02, Ivan Llanes rated it it was amazing. Steve Runciman is one of those authors in the tradition lq Stefan Sweig, half historian, half journalist, who doesn’t seem to care much about academia and is determined, on the contrary, to write an enjoyable book.

And by God, he succeeds. The Sicilian Vespers reads like a greater-than life drama, a conflict constantinnopla Pope and Emperor, with all the major powers of the Mediterranean also playing a role, an entangled, passioned political intrigue with the occasional battle thrown in. I have the consyantinopla Steve Runciman is one of those authors in the tradition of Stefan Sweig, half historian, half journalist, who doesn’t seem to care much about academia and is determined, on the contrary, to write an enjoyable book.

Runcmian have the theory that you can only call it “history” when there are swords and horses involved: Sicilian Vespers is the kind of history that I like: Jun 08, Andrew Weitzel rated it really liked it. The Sicilians decided to celebrate Easter in by stabbing as many Frenchman as possible in protest over the heavy taxes imposed on them by their absent French overlord, Charles of Anjou. This book is mostly about Charles and his various schemes to build his Mediterranean empire.

Grandma Weitzel would not be pleased.

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

Runciman posits that Charles I of Anjou, ds his failed imperial plans, dragged down and discredited the Medieval Papacy, leading to Anagni and the Babylonian Captivity.

At this juncture Runciman needs no allocates from me. I will suffice to say it was both an enjoyable and illuminating read. Feb 15, Dave Wallace rated it really liked it. This book made my brain hurt. The sheer volume of just plain crossing, double crossing, triple crossing, uncrossing and moebius-crossing of the late 13th century Mediterranean world was like reading from a fire hose so I was forced to do it in small pieces.

I was at three stars until the conclusion when the author instead of assigning it constantimopla to hubris and grand conspiracy like it seemed he was headed toward, finally gave credit to the common man of Sicily for sustaining what all the kings cadw Eur This book made my brain hurt. I was at three stars until the conclusion when the author instead of assigning it all to hubris and grand conspiracy like it seemed he was headed toward, finally gave credit to the common man of Sicily for sustaining what all runcimxn kings of Europe just couldn’t pull off by themselves, as if kings ever could.

I know there is little quotable evidence of this like available for all the great men but I think he could have been a little more forceful in his earlier hints. The terse writing style just didn’t connect for me and perhaps that is because of the volume of information being squeezed in or maybe because I couldn’t pick a side.

Jun 25, Al rated it really liked it Shelves: This consantinopla a very good narrative history of events in the Mediterranean basin, primarily in the west, wrapped around the revolt of Sicily against the French garrison rjnciman administartors. Runciman’s style made this runcimna pleasure to read, and the diagrams explaining who was who in the French royal family, Aragon, Sicily, Majorca and Byzantium helped to keep the personalities straight.

Runciman uses the first part of his narrative to set the stage of what happened and why during the Sicilian Vespers.