Sicily, at the epicentre of the Mediterranean, has endured its fair share of invaders and Imperial viceroys. It is a cruicible European culture, a place where the Phoenicians, Athenians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Habsburgs, Bourbons and Byzantines all flourished, stimulating them to produce some of the finest and most distinctive work. Yet this always co-existed with a resilient indigenous culture, expressed in its own mythology, cuisine, wine and monumental architecture as well as in its attachment to secret societies, from the Sicilian Vespers to the moders-day Mafia.
Horatio Clare is an exciting young author who has brought together the best writing, both old and new on the romantic and enigmatic island of Sicily. Sicily is a destination with a rich and fascinating cultural history, stretching back thousands of years and incorporating Norman Princes, Arab Emirs, a decadent Bourbon court, Mafia bosses and Carthaginian wars. This collection will bring these varied characters nad events to life and bring a new depth to the traveller's experience.