Charles I of Anjou : Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe, Paperback

Charles I of Anjou : Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe Paperback

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Charles I of Anjou (1225-85), brother of St Louis, was one of the most controversial figures of thirteenth-century Europe.

A royal adventurer, who carved out a huge Mediterranean power block, as ruler of Provence, Jerusalem and the kingdom of Naples as well as Anjou, he changed for good the political configuration of the Mediterranean world - even though his ambitions were fatally undermined by the revolt of the Sicilian Vespers.

Jean Dunbabin's study - the first in English for 40 years - reassesses Charles's extraordinary career, his pivotal role in the crusades and in military reform, trading, diplomacy, learning and the arts, and finds a more remarkable figure than the ruthless thug of conventional historiography.

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