Fortune’s Wheel and God’s Whip: Religious Attitudes and Secular Power in Hugo Falcandus’s Liber de Regno Siciliae

Giulia Bellato
Hugo Falcandus, the author of the Liber (or Historia) de Regno Siciliae (1154–69), is a contentious figure among historians of the twelfth century. Often disgruntled and embittered, he wrote about the reigns of two Sicilian kings, William I and II, in a text rife with classicising references and personal judgements. Most unusually for a medieval writer from this period, his Liber appears free of any religious elements or framework. This article conducts a search for...
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