Mediterranean Encounters, Economic, Religious, Political, 1100-1550

Mediterranean Encounters, Economic, Religious, Political, 1100-1550

By (author) David Abulafia

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This third volume by David Abulafia looks at the interactions between territories, peoples and religions across the Mediterranean, and at the influence of the Mediterranean economy on the world beyond. Topics addressed are trade across the Christian-Muslim frontier; the relative importance of local and long distance trade in economic development; the policies of Frederick II and his successors towards the Jews and Muslims; and the complex political relationships within the western and central Mediterranean in the aftermath of the revolt of the Sicilian Vespers. Attention is also paid to Italian merchants and bankers as far afield as London and Southampton, and to the business affairs of Lorenzo de'Medici. Taken together, these papers present an original, Mediterranean, perspective on the economy, society and politics of central and late medieval Europe.

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 147.3 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 498.96g
  • 01 Mar 2001
  • Ashgate Publishing Group
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Aldershot
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • index
  • 0860788415
  • 9780860788416

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David Abulafia, Cambridge University, UK

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'The volume displays once more the broad range of Abulafia's research, his comparative approach, and his important contribution to a comprehensive view of the evolution of the medieval Mediterranean region.' Mediterranean Historical Review '... a successful attempt to show the commercial importance of western Mediterranean at the end of the Middle Ages... Precise references to other writers through detailed notes, a careful study of written sources like juridical documents or commercial contracts, the different use of official witness and private papers confirm the value of this volume...' Societe Internationale des Historiens de la Mediterranee

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