In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Crown of Aragon was among the most active powers of the Mediterranean world. This volume examines the attempt by its ruling dynasty to ‘rationalize’ its court so as to expand the monarchy’s ability to gather and deploy resources in support of royal ambitions. Because change in medieval institutions, however, is based as much on exigency and personality as on political theory and program, this volume also focuses on the way in which the processes of transformation functioned at a human level. The book explores the quotidian operations of the various bureaus of the court, as well as their social milieu, paying particular attention to the correlation between programmatic ideal and reality.
Transforming the State
Pierre-Vincent Claverie, Assemblée nationale, Paris
In Honorius III et l'Orient (1216-1227), Pierre-Vincent Claverie offers a large-scale study of the oriental policy developed by Pope Honorius III at the time of the Fifth Crusade.
Ingrid Houssaye Michienzi, Université Paris VII
This book offers a reconstruction of commercial strategies used by Datini and his agents to trade with the Maghrib. It focuses on the study of networks, of economic actors and of the link between trade and the State.
Drawing on archaeological fieldwork in Western Greece, this book offers a fresh model for interpreting the transformation of medieval settlement (600-1200 AD). Rereading Byzantine texts from a postmodern theoretical background, it introduces a new perception of the historicity of space.
This book combines economic history and theory to offer a positive reappraisal of the interaction between demographic forces, urbanization, commercialisation and the role of the state, and their impact on the late medieval economy of the kingdom of Naples.
Based on Mamluk and Venetian sources, this book offers a thorough analysis of the various conflicts arising around Levant trade. It demonstrates how these conflicts more often than not cut across cultural divides in Late Medieval Mamluk Alexandria.
Edited by Denis Sullivan, Elizabeth Fisher and Stratis Papaioannou
Twenty-five articles in art history, social history, literature, epigraphy, numismatics and sigillography pay tribute to Alice-Mary Talbot in a coherent volume related to her abiding interest in the study of Byzantine religious practices in their social context.
Edited by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Kiril Petkov
This volume, the first to address Philippe Mézières (1327-1405) and his legacy comprehensively since 1896, gathers twenty-two contributions shedding new light on Philippe’s literary, political, and mystical writings, and places him in the context of his age and his contemporaries.
Filip Van Tricht
This book offers a new perspective on the Latin take-over of Byzantine territories after the crusader sack of Constantinople in 1204, arguing that the new rulers very consciously aimed at continuing the Eastern Empire, drawing many Byzantines to their side.
This volume offers the first critical edition of and thorough introduction to one of medieval Naples’ most notable expressions of local memory and identity and a foundational text in the subsequent development of Neapolitan historiography.
The book presents a comprehensive analysis of the “Letter of Love and Concord.” This revised diplomatic edition based on the study of sixty nine manuscripts, explores its numerous written, material, oral and symbolic sources along with an English translation of this fascinating late 12th century ...
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