The history of the tyrants of Sicily by 'Hugo Falcandus' 1154-69
Publication date: 1 January 2013
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"The History of the Tyrants of Sicily" by the so-called Hugo Falcandus is a key source for the history of the medieval kingdom of Sicily. It describes the events of the reign of King William I "the Bad" (1154-66) and the minority of his son, William II "the Good" (1166-89) up to the spring of 1169. These were years of crisis and the History presents a vivid and compelling (though savagely biased) picture of royal tyranny, rebellion and factional dispute at court. The author was both an eye-witness to the events he described and one of the great Latin writers of the Middle Ages. This book provides the first English translation of the history along with a selection of other contemporary evidence for this period. The introduction gives an original interpretation of the twelfth-century kingdom of Sicily which places the history in its historical and literary context, and examines the problem of its authorship. The notes to the texts offer a detailed guide to the Siculo-Norman kingdom and its leading figures.
Translated and annotated by Graham A. Loud; Thomas Wiedemann
Publisher: Manchester Medieval Sources Online