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Where Three Worlds MetSicily in the Early Medieval Mediterranean$
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Sarah Davis-Secord

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704642

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704642.001.0001

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(p.242) Conclusion
Where Three Worlds Met

Sarah Davis-Secord

Cornell University Press

This conclusion summarizes the book's findings about Sicily's conceptual place in the Mediterranean world—a position that had been crafted by the Norman rulers. Later medieval maps, together with the Hereford Mappa Mundi, show that Sicily was closely integrated into larger currents in the political and religious world of Latin Christendom. The island's political and diplomatic role in the dār al-Islām was fundamentally different to what it had been under the Byzantine empire. Sicily's place within larger Mediterranean systems was determined not by its geographical location but by larger forces of political change, shifts in the balance of power, and economic need as well as the actions of regular people—merchants, pilgrims, envoys, and others—who traveled to and from Sicily and thus involved the island in patterns of communication, contact, conflict, and exchange.

Keywords:   travel, Sicily, Mediterranean world, Latin Christendom, dār al-Islām, Byzantine empire, communication

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