Charles I of Anjou: Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Charles I of Anjou

Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe, 1st Edition

By Jean Dunbabin


264 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


Note on names.


PART ONE: The Man.

The Prince.

The Capetian.

PART TWO: The Dominions.

The French Lands.


The Regno.

The Rest of Italy.

The Mediterranean World.

The Sicilian Vespers.

An Empire?

PART THREE: Policies.

The Papacy.

The Church.

The Economy.

The Army and Navy.

PART FOUR: Court Life and Culture.

Family and Familia.

Chivalry and Display.

Literature, Art and Architecture.


Personal Piety.

Genealogical Table.




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