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The Mercenary Mediterranean"Sovereignty, Religion, and Violence in the Medieval Crown of Aragon"$
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Hussein Fancy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226329642

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226329789.001.0001

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A Sovereign Crisis

A Sovereign Crisis

(p.39) Chapter Two A Sovereign Crisis
The Mercenary Mediterranean

Hussein Fancy

University of Chicago Press

Tracing the journey of two Aragonese ambassadors to Muslim Granada, this chapter details the first-known effort by the kings of the Crown of Aragon to recruit jenets for their armies. It argues that two crises, the threat of a French crusade and a series of rebellions, prompted by the Aragonese conquest of Sicily, first led the Crown of Aragon to pursue a wider alliance with these Muslim soldiers. In this period, the jenets proved themselves effective in response to crisis and became thoroughly embedded in the practice and performance of Aragonese royal power.

Keywords:   diplomacy, recruitment, military, France, Crusade, rebellion, Sicily

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