Italy in the Central Middle Ages

Paperback | March 15, 2004

EditorDavid Abulafia

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The eleventh to the early fourteenth centuries saw a great transformation in the political, cultural and economic life of the Italian peninsula, marked by the rise of the autonomous city-states in the north and centre, the expansion of international trade, and the creation of a wealthysouthern kingdom which reached the peak of its power in this period, before fragmenting in two in the late thirteenth century. It was also the period in which the various dialects that we now call the Italian language came into being, and in which Tuscan in particular became the vehicle forimpressive literary innovation. Presenting a rounded view of Italy at a time when it was the most dynamic region in western Europe, this book looks at Italy in its entirety, rather than concentrating largely on the north, as previous studies have done. It also includes expert coverage of topics such as the family and the Jewish,Greek, and Muslim minority communities, in addition to its coverage of developments in the cities, rural life, trade, the monarchy, papal Italy, and language and culture.

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The eleventh to the early fourteenth centuries saw a great transformation in the political, cultural and economic life of the Italian peninsula, marked by the rise of the autonomous city-states in the north and centre, the expansion of international trade, and the creation of a wealthysouthern kingdom which reached the peak of its powe...

David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He has published widely on the history of the Mediterranean from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247048

ISBN - 13:9780199247042

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Table of Contents

David Abulafia: Introduction1. Eddie Coleman: Cities and Communes2. Hiroshi Takayama: Law and Monarchy3. Brenda Bolton: Papal Italy4. Trevor Dean: The Signori5. Marco Tangheroni: Trade and Navigation6. Steven Epstein: The Family7. Duane Osheim: Rural Italy8. Patricia Skinner: Material Life9. Alberto Varvaro: Language and Culture10. David Abulafia: The Italian Other: Greeks, Muslims and Jews11. Marco Tangheroni: Sardinia and ItalyDavid Abulafia: ConclusionChronology, Bibliography, Maps