In this introduction, the volume’s two editors briefly summarize the arguments of each of the fourteen chapters included in this collection on pre-modern Sicily, setting each in the context of scholarship on topics such as the War of the Sicilian Vespers, conventions of medieval Latin and Islamic historical writing, and digital humanities. Chapters in the volume have been organized into four thematic parts: “Maritime Violence: Piracy and War,” “Travel and Trade,” “Literary and Material Culture,” and “Digital Sicily.” Within these parts, the editors have arranged the chapters chronologically by the time period of their subject, in order to highlight the recurrence of maritime violence and cultural exchange as continua in Sicily’s history, notwithstanding the changing set of actors who imposed dominion over the island across the pre-modern centuries.
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- Cultural exchange
- Digital humanities
- Maritime violence