Episode 23 of our FREE 30-part Summer Series on the medieval period in the Italian peninsula is ready for you to read and listen to:
As you can see from the title, this time we’re in the twelfth/thirteenth centuries, in Sicily. ‘Italians’, as always, had fallen out with each other and one faction had tried to gain an advantage by petitioning powerful foreigners for help (they eventually learnt to stop doing that…)
And so the French arrived in the mix, dominating, amongst other areas, Sicily, which had been ruled by the Normans. ‘Normans’ here meaning ‘men from the north’, so basically vikings a few generations back. Not like Normans these days, who ARE French. Complicated, isn’t it?
The Sicilians, though, weren’t happy to trade the rule of the not-French Normans for the actual French, aristocratic and rapacious bunch that they were, so rebelled. Read and hear all about it, and how things turned out (there’s a clue in the title of this post) in today’s FREE article:
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