Monday July 13, 2015

The Wonder of the World: Frederick II, Part 1

Circa 1225, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194 - 1250) of Germany.

Circa 1225, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194 - 1250) of Germany. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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He was a monarch like no other: he was a poet, a lover of science, and in his court multicultural collaboration and innovation were a matter of policy. Muslim, Jewish and Christians courtiers formed what some historians have claimed was the first modern bureaucracy -- some have even called him the first European leader. Damiano Pietropaolo situates the life of Frederick II in his own day and highlights his achievements against the backdrop of an increasingly fragile and fractious Europe in our own day. Part 2 airs Monday, July 20.

** This episode first aired February 18, 2015.

Participants in the program:

Jacqueline Alio 

David Abulafia  

Karla Mallette 

Ortensio Zecchino  

Readings by Tony Nardi

Music featured in the program:

Tammuriddara - Assummata di lu corpu di la tunnara - Navaii (medieval sicilian music) 

Richiami (medieval sicilian music) 


Reading List:

Books by David Abulafia:

The Two Italies. Economic Relations between the Norman Kingdom of Sicily and The Northern Communes, published by Cambridge University Press, 1977; Italian edn., 1991.

Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean, 1100-1400, published by Variorum, 1987.

Frederick II. A Medieval Emperor, published by Oxford University Press, London and NY, 1988; third English edn., 2001; Italian edn., 1990; German edn., 1991.


Books by Ernst Kantorowicz: 

The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Mediaeval Political Theology, Princeton University Press, 1957.

Frederick the Second, 1194–1250, Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1957.

Books by Karla Mallette:

The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250: A Literary History, published by University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.          

European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean: Toward a New Philology and a Counter-Orientalism, published by University of Pennsylvania  Press, 2010.

Books by Ortensio Zecchino: 

L'origine del diritto in Federico II. Storia di un intrigo filologico. Memoria dell'Accademia nazionale dei Lincei (pp. 131), Roma, 2012. 

Federico II tra giudizi e pregiudizi storiografici otto-novecenteschi, prefazione a W. Sturner, Federico II e l'apogeo dell'Impero, Roma, 2007 (pp. 7 – 37).