’Sicily: A Short History’

A stronghold, clearing-house and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all — and yet has properly been part of none. This vivid short history covers everything from erupting volcanoes to the assassination of Byzantine emperors, from Nelson’s affair with Emma Hamilton to Garibaldi and the rise of the mafia.

‘by John Julius Norwich Published by John Murray 18.99 pounds in hardback History