Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A bit about history, a bit about words: Emir/Admiral

The Norman Sicilian state, which encompassed the island of Sicily and much of southern 

Italy, was one of the earliest precursors of Renaissance Europe. The "half-heathen" kings of 

the House of Hauteville, Roger I and Roger II, ( see below) were brilliant, tolerant rulers 

who  managed to integrate a populace of western and eastern Orthodox and Muslims into 

one  state. Their senior naval officers were Muslims who adapted the word "emir" (lord) into 

what  became the  word "admiral" (a lord of the sea). 

The only English churchman to serve as Pope  was called to   the Papacy from Norman Sicily, 

where he had been a cardinal archbishop.  There was a fair  amount of trade and interaction

between Normandy, Norman England and Norman Sicily in  those years, so becoming an 

archbishop in a different part of Europe was  not as unusual as it  would have been in later 


The text above in red was taddled from a comment to a story in "The Economist" magazine.


Re Roger II see


Modern Emir

Admiral Nelson?

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