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Title: Settlements in pre-Norman and Norman Sicily
Author: Lincoln, George William
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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The primary focus of this thesis is the written evidence relating to settlements in the pre-Norman and Norman periods and what this demonstrates about settlements. Of particular focus are the forms and functions which settlements had and the developments which took place to these facets. Some account of the wider reasons for these changes and what they reflected are given. Amongst the Arabic, Greek and Latin sources drawn upon are geographical accounts, narrative histories and charter evidence. The thesis examines the data in relation to the different explanations these sources give for settlements, drawing on contextual and linguistic factors to assist in reconciling this data. Place-names, especially those derived from Arabic, form a key data-set. Their study in relation to Sicily is under-developed. This gap is partly filled by bringing together the largest corpus of Arabic place-names compiled for Sicily and discussing their earliest instances. In addition to the analysis of evidence directly relating to settlements, the thesis also discusses factors relating to administration, economy, land tenure and warfare which impacted upon and influenced developments to settlements and the ways these were explained. In reflecting the importance of administration and land tenure, the relationship between units of land and settlements is also considered.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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