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on 7 December 2010
Donald Matthew's work is well researched and an invaluable source for this period. Despite the title, Frederick II looms large here along with an interesting consideration of the "betrayal" of King Manfred. I like the way the book ends in 1266 when the Kingdom succumbed to Angevin rule and was on borrowed time from that point onwards. The main problem with this volume is that it is simply desperately dull and difficult for IB students to get to grips with. If this was the only book on the period it would be impossible to get a wider audience enthused in a fascinating multicultural state that has so much to offer general historical readers in addition to specialists. More matter, less art so to speak.