Travels With A Medieval Queen

Travels With A Medieval Queen

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The author retraces the many paths of Constance of Hauteville, daughter of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily, wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, and mother to the Emperor Frederick II, who travelled from Germany south to reclaim her father's throne, searching to unlock the mystery surrounding this illustrious mother, who was also a monarch

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Constance of Hauteville, to be specific, the 12th-century Sicilian princess who married a German king, was crowned Holy Roman empress, and later returned to rule as queen in her own kingdom. An amateur historian from the US who has lived in Sicily for nearly 40 years, Simeti augments the scarce documentary evidence with descriptions of the route of the queen's travels as seen in the 20th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Two Women Set Out Across Europe in Search of a Dead Queen The medieval queen in question is Constance of Hauteville, daughter of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily, wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, and mother to the Emperor Frederick II. In 1194, at the age of forty, Constance journeyed from Germany south to reconquer her father's throne. On the way she discovered that she was pregnant for the first time. She decided to give birth in public so that the world would know the child was truly hers. These intriguing facts, and very few others, are all we know directly of Constance's life. Seventeen years ago, Mary Taylor Simeti promised in On Persephone's Island --her now-classic memoir of an American in Sicily--that she would someday tell the story of Constance (who was, like her, an expatriate and the mother of a bicultural family). In Travels with a Medieval Queen , Simeti keeps her promise: retracing Constance's route from Germany to Sicily, contrasting the exotic setting of Constance's childhood in Palermo with that of her married life in the north, and drawing on reading in contiguous fields to flesh out a spare legacy of historical facts. This is the beautifully illustrated chronicle of Simeti's twentieth-century travels, first in books, then on the road, as she searches the landscapes and the monuments that survive from the twelfth century for clues to the inner life of a mother who was also a monarch.

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The author retraces the many paths of Constance of Hauteville, who traveled from Germany south to reclaim her father's throne.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xiv, 318 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780374278786
0374278784
Branch Call Number: 945.804 Sim

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