The Crusades, The Kingdom of Sicily, and the Mediterranean: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Crusades, The Kingdom of Sicily, and the Mediterranean

1st Edition

By James M. Powell


312 pages

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In this collection of studies by James M. Powell, two related centres of attention can be seen. One is the campaigns undertaken by western Europeans in the eastern Mediterranean, chiefly in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries - the Crusades - the reasons for them and manner in which they were organized and promoted. The other is the Kingdom of Sicily under Frederick II, himself a Crusader, and its society and economy, including its Muslim population. A characteristic feature is the author's interest in ordinary participants and the attempt to get behind the generalizations of macro-historians to the extent that may be possible.


’Researchers working in the fields covered by this collection will be ignoring Powell’s work at their own risk. This collection will help to ensure that they do not.’ The Catholic Historical Review ’The virtues of this collection are many, not least the author’s admirable knowledge of the printed sources for southern Italy in the early thirteenth century.’ English Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Crusading : 1099-1999; Myth, legend, propaganda, history: the First Crusade, 1140-ca.1300; Frederick II and the Muslims: the making of an historiographical tradition; The role of women in the 5th Crusade; Frederick II, the Hohenstaufen and the Teutonic Order in the kingdom of Sicily; Innocent III and Alexius III: a crusade plan that failed; Patriarch Gerold and Frederick II: the Matthew Paris letter; Matthew Paris, the lives of Muhammad, and the Dominicans; Innocent III, the Trinitarians, and the renewal of the Church, 1198-1200; Crusading by royal command: monarchy and crusade in the kingdom of Sicily (1187-1230); Honorius III and the leadership of the crusade; The Papacy and the Muslim frontier; Francesco d'Assisi e la Quinta Crociata: una missione di pace; Frederick II and the rebellion of the Muslims of Sicily, 1200-1224; Genoese policy and the kingdom of Sicily, 1220-1240; Economy and society in the kingdom of Sicily under Frederick II: recent perspectives; Medieval monarchy and trade: the economic policy of Frederick II in the kingdom of Sicily (a survey); Index.

About the Author

James M. Powell (1930 - 2011) was Professor of History Emeritus at Syracuse University, USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval