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WPL01312D – Medieval Multiculturalism: Norman Sicily Between East and West

12:30 pm
777 Glades RD, Bldg. 31D Boca Raton, FL 33431 United States
olliboca
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We are all familiar with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.  Less familiar perhaps is the Norman conquest of Sicily. There, in the 12th century, a dynasty only a few generations removed from their Viking pagan ancestors created, for a time, a Christian kingdom in Europe that deliberately fostered multiculturalism as a strategy for governance. Under Roger II and his successors, the Norman kingdom of Sicily not only tolerated, but actively embraced Western Latin and Orthodox Greek-speaking Christians as well as Muslims and even Jews. This presentation will show how Norman rulers drew on Byzantine, Latin and Islamic traditions to embody their vision of a multicultural society in a series of spectacular monuments.