City And Community In Norman Italy (Cambridge Studies In Medieval Life And Thought: Fourth Series)
This pioneering study of urban society in twelfth-century mainland Norman Italy examines the self-governing role of urban communities and explores their social ordering, identities and communal activities. Drawing on charters, chronicles, annals and other sources, Paul Oldfield uncovers notable continuities in a range of cities across southern Italy throughout a period of regime change and disrupt...
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series (Book 72)
Hardcover: 312 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 13, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 4524803
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on. Unlike traditional interpretations which suggest that the Normans, and the creation of a monarchy in 1130, stifled urban development, this book suggests that south Italian urban communities were still able to enjoy a level of autonomy under the Norman monarchy. By emphasising the fluidity of the social structures and groups found in these cities, alongside the influential role of both the Church and civic consciousness, the author sheds new light on the multi-layered complexity of the urban communities of Norman Italy and provides a more balanced comparison with the cities of northern Italy.