Il Regno normanno e il Mediterraneo nell'età di Ruggero II. Una riconsiderazione
The Norman Kingdom and the Mediterranean in the Age of Roger II. A Re-examination
The paper intends to provide some suggestions on mediterranean politics of Roger II according to recent studies and using sources of different types, in order to recognize the wide range of options in which the Norman court of Palermo operated in the first half of the twelfth century, and the choices made according to a flexible political agenda.
In view of the events, it is clear that Roger II (from 1130 king of Sicily) directed more attention to the North African coast overshadowing the ties with the Latin East towards which he had also initially turned, trying to obtain the crown of the Kingdom of Jerusalem by signing a matrimonial agreement with King Baudouin I who married the mother of the Norman prince. A project whose failure led to a reorientation of the political objectives of the Norman court toward their Muslim neighbors.
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