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Mythic Sicily: Sometimes the Web Just Hands it To You on a Plate

With my Sicily writing I’m kind of stalled because I didn’t study the geography enough going in.  So, I started looking for Sicilian maps.  Sometimes the Internet just hands you random awesome.  Check out the second map at  http://www.bestofsicily.com/roadmap.htm and note that each ancient site has its own minipage of description. So, that’s basically all I need to get…

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First set of Sicily notes

I’ve been working on some Sicilian material. based on a biography by an author named van Cleve.  My notes are on a separate page. I’ve been transcribing these notes for a month or so, but I’ve been stuck on the last chapter for ages.  My plan, rather than continuing to plod through the pages and…

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Sicily notes from Van Cleve

Big themes: Church vs Empire for supremacyNeed for a new crusade The communes and their demand for independence Richard I’s ransom paid for the invasion of Sicily. The Empress was badly treated in Salerno in 1191, so when her husband took the place in 1194, he put the people to the sword, and distributed 100…

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Sprinting toward Sicily

I work for the only public library service in this country that doesn’t charge you for interlibrary loans*.  This means I can have rather more interlibrary loans than most other people, but it does mean that I get myself into situations like the one I’m currently in. I’m going to be doing a Mythic Sicily…

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