We go back over around 50 years from the death of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II to beyond 1300 to retrace the steps of the kingdom of Sicily, the war of the Sicilian Vespers, the northern communes and maritime republics as well as looking over at Sardinia and keeping an eye as always on the papacy.
After the Sicilian rebellion of the Vespers, Charles of Anjou lays siege to the city of Messina to start putting down the rebellion. The Sicilians turn to Pater of Aragon to help them and, thank to his excellent admiral Ruggiero di LAuria, he does just that. Before the war escalates, Charles tries to solve thinks in a gentlemanly way with a duel that end up in rather dd way, not many years before almost all the protagonists of this part of our story kick the bucket tin the same year.
Before going into the war of the Italian Vespers, we get some help from David Cot of “The History of Spain” podcast to bring us u to date on the kingdom of Aragon and Peter III and his sons.
After defeating and beheading Corradino, the last obstacle between him and the throne of the kingdom of Sicily, Charles of Anjou settles down to govern his new kingdom… and make a mess if it, to the point that the island of Sicily rises up in one of the most important popular and successful rebellion in medical history, the Sicilian Vespers.