Charles I of AnjouPower, Kingship and State-making in Thirteenth-century Europe
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Charles I of Anjou (1225-85), brother of St Louis, was one of the most controversial figures of thirteenth-century Europe. A royal adventurer, who carved out a huge Mediterranean power block, as ruler of Provence, Jerusalem and the kingdom of Naples as well as Anjou, he changed for good the political configuration of the Mediterranean world - even though his ambitions were fatally undermined by the revolt of the Sicilian Vespers. Jean Dunbabin's study - the first in English for 40 years - reassesses Charles's extraordinary career, his pivotal role in the crusades and in military reform, trading, diplomacy, learning and the arts, and finds a more remarkable figure than the ruthless thug of conventional historiography.
Note on names.
PART ONE: The Man.
PART TWO: The Dominions.
The French Lands.
The Rest of Italy.
The Mediterranean World.
The Sicilian Vespers.
PART THREE: Policies.
The Army and Navy.
PART FOUR: Court Life and Culture.
Family and Familia.
Chivalry and Display.
Literature, Art and Architecture.
- Explores through him the international power politics of Mediterranean C13th Europe - as a result of his actions the political map of Europe was redrawn.
- Assesses Charles' personal responsibility for the Sicilian Vespers.
- Considers the cultural dimension of French settlement in Naples and his long-term impact on Southern Italy.
- An important contribution to the study of colonialism in medieval history, now a major topic of current research.
- Makes an ideal companion to David Abualafia's The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms 1200-1500 which explores the long-term ramification of Charles's imperial ambitions.
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