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The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250


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Table of Contents

1. Toward a Literary History of the Kingdom of Sicily
2. An Archeology of the Sicilian Park
3. Frederick II and the Genesis of a Sicilian Romance Culture
4. Rereading Le Origini: Sicilian Romance Poetry and the Language of Natural Philosophy
5. Beyond Le Origini: Sicilian Romance Poetry in a Feminine Voice
6. Vernacularity and Sicilian Culture

From the Arabic

Ibn Hamdis
"In youth, the soul attains its desire" (from the Siqilliyyat)
"Because of long-lasting grief " (from the Siqilliyyat)
"Oh, garden of love"
"You tortured me with the two elements"

Abu Musa
"Oh, blonde tribe, my blood is on your hands"
"My tears expose my love"

Al-Atrabanishi, "Oh, Favara of the two seas!"
Al-Buthayri and Ibn Bashrun, "Pass round the golden carnelian-red [wine]"
Abu al-Daw', "The radiant moon has been extinguished"
Abu Hafs, "He sought solace"
Introduction to al-Idrisi's Geography
The Travels of Ibn Jubayr
The Daughter of Ibn 'Abbad and Frederick II

From the Latin

Henricus Aristippus's Preface to His Translation of Plato's Phaedo, ca. 1156
Preface to a Translation of Ptolemy's Almagest by an Unknown Translator, ca. 1160
"Hugo Falcandus" on the Death of William and the Arrival of the Germans
Peter of Eboli, Lament on the Death of William II
Frederick II, Hunting with Birds
Frederick II and Lucera
Innocent IV Excommunicates Frederick
The Destruction of Lucera

From the Old French

Introduction to the Book of Sydrac

From the Sicilian

Giacomo da Lentini
"Amor non vole"
"Or come pote si gran donna intrare"
"A l'aire claro o vista ploggia dare"

Frederick II, "Dolze meo drudo"
Mazzeo di Ricco, "Sei anni o travagliato"
Rinaldo d'Aquino, "Gia mai non mi conforto"
Guido delle Colonne, "Ancor che l'aigua per lo foco lassi"
Anonymous, "Oi lassa 'namorata"


About the Author

Karla Mallette teaches civilization studies at American University of Beirut.


"Mallette is a lucid and at times moving writer, and she has exactly the sort of broad-based vision and notion of literary history that has been in short supply these last several decades."--Maria Rosa Menocal, Yale University

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