The Administration of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily

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BRILL, Jan 1, 1993 - History - 281 pages
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The administration of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily has long been held up to be the most advanced government in twelfth-century Europe. However, until now there has been considerable confusion about how this bureaucracy actually functioned, whether it developed in the twelfth century or retained the form given it by Roger II; whether it had regional variations, what the identity of different departments of government was, who did what within the structures of government, and what the relationship between the Greek, Arabic and Latin elements within the administration was.
This work goes a long way to sorting out these problems. The author's meticulous work with chronicles and charters enables him to clear up many problems and mysteries in the administration of finance and justice and to identify such uncertainties as remain. This fundamental work forms a basic reference point for future studies of Norman Sicily and of government in the high Middle Ages.
  

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Contents

Two Mysteries
1
Foundation of the Norman Administrative System ca 10581112
25
Creation of a New Kingdom by Roger II 111240
47
Establishment of a New Administrative System 114054
73
Administration under William I 115466
95
Central Government and the Administration of Sicily
115
Administration of the Peninsula under William I I 116689
143
Conclusion
163
Dating System
173
Norman Diplomas
183
Dukes Princes and Counts 113089
199
Officials
211
Genealogies
221
Bibliography
229
Index
263
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