Medieval Amalfi and its Diaspora, 800-1250

Hardcover | April 21, 2013

byPatricia Skinner

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"Rich in gold and cloths"? This is the first full-length study of the history of medieval maritime republic of Amalfi that addresses both the internal political, social, and economic history of Amalfi - as an independent city-state, under Norman rule and as part of the Kingdom of Sicily - andthe history of its diaspora, those Amalfitans who left temporarily or permanently and whose activities contributed to the image of their home city as a thriving centre specialising in the luxury end of the market. In reuniting these two disparate strands of its history, Patricia Skinner argues that, instead of being seen in opposition to each other, the very different evidence presented by the internal documentary archives and the narrative accounts of external observers can and should be utilised toreconstruct the ties which bound the emigrants to their home city. By taking a prosopographical approach, she reveals the presence of Amalfitans in many parts of the Italian peninsula and further afield in the Mediterranean. At the same time, she critically re-examines some of theexternally-generated views of Amalfitan wealth, suggesting that these may have as much - or more - to do with literary and patronage networks as with the actual situation on the ground.

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"Rich in gold and cloths"? This is the first full-length study of the history of medieval maritime republic of Amalfi that addresses both the internal political, social, and economic history of Amalfi - as an independent city-state, under Norman rule and as part of the Kingdom of Sicily - andthe history of its diaspora, those Amalfitan...

Patricia Skinner is currently a Research Associate at Swansea University, having taken a career break, and was previously Reader in Medieval History at the University of Southampton. She has published widely in the field of Italian medieval social history, with particular interests in the histories of women and minority groups, medici...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:April 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199646279

ISBN - 13:9780199646272

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Part I: Amalfi1. The Problem of Information2. Setting the Scene: Landscape and Urban Settlements3. Inhabiting Amalfi: the Structures of Society4. Exploiting Amalfi: Land, Production, and Enterprise5. Religious life: Church and Community6. Ruling Amalfi: the Components of PowerPart II: Amalfitans7. Families and the Ties of Kinship8. Leaving the City: the Amalfitan Diaspora in Italy9. Leaving Italy: Amalfitans in the Eastern Mediterranean10. Expanding Horizons: Amalfitans in the Western MediterraneanConclusion: Challenging the DichotomyAppendix I: The Rulers of Amalfi, 839-1250Bibliography