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The article addresses the use of the written language in relations between European states and the Mamlūk sultanate (Egypt-Syria, 1250–1517), focusing on chancery sources relating to diplomatic missions to Cairo. In the first part, the author presents an overview of the documents that marked the...
This article examines the Historia Sicula of Bartolomeo da Neocastro, written c. 1294. Neocastro was a judge based in the north-eastern Sicilian city of Messina, and his chronicle provides one of the most comprehensive contemporaneous accounts of the Sicilian Vespers rebellion (1282) and the...
The narratives of the reign of the last Amorian emperor, Michael III (r. 842–867), and the government of his uncle, Caesar Bardas (r. 856–866), were mostly authored by hostile Macedonian chroniclers living a century or so following the events they describe. This fact poses considerable...
Around the middle of the ninth/fifteenth century, the Egyptian court physician Maḥmūd ibn Aḥmad Muẓaffar al-Dīn al-‘Ayntābī, also known as Ibn al-Amshāṭī (812/1409–902/1496), compiled a short health-guide for travellers dedicated to a prominent member of the Mamlūk administration, Muḥammad...
Historians have long recognized that the papal condemnations of their imperial rivals intensified during the first half of the thirteenth century. This change has typically been attributed to the growth of the papacy’s political agenda. This article provides a more detailed examination of the...
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