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City and Community in Norman Italy (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought


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Introduction; Part I. Urban Government and Communal Independence: 1. Before 1085: the arrival of the Normans; 2. The fragmentation of power (1085-1127); 3. Civil war and unification (1127-39); 4. The Norman kingdom of Sicily (1139-89); 5. From the Normans to the Staufen (1189-1220); Part II. Urban Society: Community, Identity and Wealth: 6. Populations, cultural identity and citizenship; 7. The community; 8. The Church, bishop and civic identity; 9. The urban economy; Conclusion; Appendix; Map of southern Italy; Bibliography.

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This study of urban society in twelfth-century Norman Italy challenges traditional views that the Normans stifled urban development.


"Highly recommended." -Choice
"...a compelling revisionist interpretation of the evolution of urban life in southern Italy during the high Middle Ages." -David J. Hay, Canadian Journal of History

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