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J.J. Norwich

Detail of the mosaic with Roger II receiving the crown from Christ, Martorana, Palermo.

This cultured but energetic ruler left behind him ‘a governmental machine that was the wonder and envy of Europe’.

Cappella Palatina

John Julius Norwich has an infectious enthusiasm in his writing that makes his books hugely popular. Here he explains why certain subjects have allured him, such as the exotic world of medieval Sicily and his adored Venice, while others leave him cold.