Charles of Anjou and the Sicilian Vespers

In his book The Sicilian Vespers, Sir Steven Runciman wrote: 'The massacre was one of those events in history which altered the fate of nations and of world-wide institutions. To understand its importance we must see it in its international setting.'

Sicilian Vespers (1846), by Francesco HayezThe revolt of the Sicilian Vespers, which began in Palermo on March 30th, 1282, was an event the repercussions of which were felt throughout the Mediterranean for decades after the rebellion.

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