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Family power in southern Italy : the duchy of Gaeta and its neighbours, 850-1139, Patricia Skinner

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Family power in southern Italy : the duchy of Gaeta and its neighbours, 850-1139
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Family power in southern Italy
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the duchy of Gaeta and its neighbours, 850-1139
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Patricia Skinner
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eng
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This book explores how political power was exerted and family identity expressed in the context of a reconstruction of the noble families of the medieval duchies of Gaeta, Amalfi and Naples. Localised forms of power, and the impact of the Norman conquest on southern Italy, are assessed by means of a remarkable collection of charters preserved in the Codex diplomaticus Cajetanus. The duchy of Gaeta, like its neighbours, was ruled as a private family business, with few formal offices visible. An integral part of its ruling family's power was its monopolisation of parts of the duchy's economy and the use of members of the clan to rule local centres. When the family broke up, the duchy followed suit. Gaeta, Amalfi and Naples reacted in different ways to the Normans. Gaeta flourished commercially in the twelfth century, and its unique political response to contacts with the cities of northern Italy (especially Genoa) forms the final part of this study. Dr Skinner demonstrates that the socio-economic basis for power is as important as its political exercise, and overturns many conventional views on the workings of early medieval power structures
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HT653.I8
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S59 1995
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non fiction
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Family power in southern Italy : the duchy of Gaeta and its neighbours, 850-1139, Patricia Skinner
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Family power in southern Italy : the duchy of Gaeta and its neighbours, 850-1139, Patricia Skinner
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-315) and index
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Contents
1. Sources -- pt. I. From the Beginnings to the Eleventh Century. 2. The origins of dynastic rule. 3. The Foundations of ducal power in the tenth century. 4. Noble families in the tenth century -- pt. II. A Time of Change: The Eleventh Century and Beyond. 5. From local dukes to Norman kings. 6. The emergence of new families -- pt. III. The Economics of Power. 7. Landowners and exchanges in the Tyrrhenian. 8. Local exchange and long-distance contacts: the Norman kingdom and the North -- Appendix: Greek signatures in Neapolitan documents
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23 cm.
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xii, 322 pages
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9780521464796
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(hardback)
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94009512
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illustrations, maps
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