Barony of Marinus

Over the centuries, many nations had fought over and controlled Sicily. During the late 11th century, Roger, a Norman Knight, fought the Arabs for control and rule over Palermo and eventually Sicily. A period of peace followed, where all cultures worked together.
A new ruling class emerged of Normans, French and Lombards, all of whom supported the Roman Church. The Arabs continued to run much of the administration while Arab soldiers were recruited into Roger’s army. A number of Greeks with experience of Byzantine government were promoted to prominent positions. Freedom of worship and the right to be judged by their own laws were granted to Latin peoples from the north, Greek, Jews and Arabs. In this way Norman adaptability and openness to other cultures created strength out of diversity. (p15)
Roger’s court in Palermo was one of the most brilliant in Europe, with the king acting as a great patrol of the arts and sciences. Scholars, scientists, writers, and artists flocked to the city with its unique mix of cultures. (p 40)
Dummett, Jeremy. 2015. Palermo City of Kings The Heart of Sicily. London & New York, I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd
 Our Interpretations:
As baronage, we are taking Roger’s openness of cultures to extend to new world and non-European personas, while still honoring the history of the SCA. We wish to continue to learn and embrace these new populations believing this will only make our baronage and the SCA a stronger, more (inclusive) and enjoyable experience.