Sezzadio: The small village where the great history of the Aleramici began

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Men and women of culture, united by the idea of ​​the Euro-Mediterranean Federation on Migration of the Ancient Middle Ages, challenge this difficult period of the pandemic with new historical research activities to rediscover and transmit the desire to return to the normality.

As part of the “Le Vie Aleramiche Normanno Sveve” project in Sezzadio, a village near Aleramo where Aleramo was born had been visited on the initiative of the mayor, Enzo Daniele, the councilor for culture Piercarla Bocchio and the local chief by FAI Anna Maria Gobello, collected the texts to create an “Aleramici Library” which will be closely linked to the “Aleramici Research Center of Sezzadio”. Two honorary presidents are members of our technical-scientific committee: Francesco Barone of the University of Catania, one of the main experts in the Aleramici history of Sicily and Salvatore Lo Re, historian and president of the National Society of he history of Piazza Armerina, city of aleramica foundation, which will soon see the municipal library enriched with a section devoted to the study of its origins. Therefore, a study workshop will be launched to work in synergy with the parallel Sicilian structure: the prestigious “Officina Studi Medievali” of Palermo led by Professor Diego Ciccarelli.

Sezzadio, the place of origin of this fascinating story: it is said, in fact, that the noble Aleprando, on pilgrimage to Rome, stopped in this small town near Acqui Terme with his wife about to give birth and that Aleramo was born here. The municipal administration of Sezzadio, after having already undertaken various projects to highlight the small center of Alexandria and installed explanatory panels at the entrance of the village to underline its extraordinary historical importance, enthusiastically joined the proposal of the promoters of the project, Fabrizio Di Salvo and the UNESCO Club of Piazza Armerina, (represented by President Anna Maria Di Rosa Placa and Secretary Lavinia Garsia) and took the opportunity to give life to a research center that will be formed in network with the Palermo Medieval Studies Workshop and the Piazza Armerina research activity, a real study center dedicated to ancient medieval immigration “on the contrary”.

The fundamental activity was the visit of Fabrizio Di Salvo to Sezzadio last summer which made it possible to define the membership of the Municipality of Sezzadio in the Euro-Mediterranean Federation on Ancient Medieval Migration, by virtue of which it benefits from the support from the Coordinator for Northern Italy, Nadia Ghizzi.

The work of identifying texts and training the library was supported by our technical-scientific committee which includes in its ranks the Byzantinist Walter Haberstumpf, Prof. Salvatore Trovato, former professor of linguistics and glottology at the Department of Human Sciences of the University of Catania, the director of Sibrium Magazine and president of the Center for Prehistoric and Archaeological Studies of Varese Lucilla Caramella, Luigi Piano, the president of “Italia Medievale”, Maurizio Calì, (who collaborated directly in the creation of the library), as well as professors and researchers from prestigious international universities, such as the distinguished medievalist Henri Bresc and Joanna Drell of the University of Richmond in the United States.

To achieve the desire to make culture accessible to all, it is essential to give a European breath to our research and to make people understand how much the history of the Middle Ages, which took place in a Europe different from that of today. hui, was well defined. in its supranational scope. The project linked France, Italy and Germany and, in particular, the municipalities of Hauteville-La-Guichard in France, (where the myth has it that Tancredi, the future lord of Hauteville and ancestor of the Altavilla family, saved the life of Duke Riccardo II of Normandy on a hunting trip); from Göppingen, in Baden-Württemberg near Stuttgart, (where tradition has it that the Swabian dynasty was born) and Piazza Armerina, a town in Sicily founded by Aleramici in the 12th century. Cultural triangulation will also develop in Sezzadio, in the spirit of continuing to create links between historically similar realities and, currently, it takes the form of collaboration between municipal administrations, anticipating and preparing the future twinning.

Thanks to the dedication of those who embraced and developed the project from the beginning, today the Euro-Mediterranean Federation of Migration of the Ancient Middle Ages is distinguished by the membership of important personalities from the world of culture, institutions of high level, such as the Library of Alexandria of Egypt, many Italian municipalities, universities and associations. Despite the interruptions due to the pandemic, the Project gave rise to numerous initiatives such as conferences, readings, meetings, and the production of a documentary film shot in the European lands affected by this research: Piedmont, Sicily, France, Turkey. , Germany, Greece and Ukraine.

A powerful work, curated over four years by Fabrizio Di Salvo, which collects valuable contributions from excellent scholars and recreates the atmosphere of medieval Europe through the choice of splendid places, such as Pomaro Castle in Monferrato, in the costumes of the former “Principessa Valentina” confection by Samantha Panza from Asti-Italy and coordinated by Gianni Gallo. The outstanding protagonist is actor Walter Siccardi, an extraordinary performer in the role of Aleramo. The shields reminiscent of the emblems of the Aleramici dynasties and parts of the sets used for the filming will be donated by the Euro-Mediterranean Federation to the Aleramici Research Center in Sezzadio.

We will continue our relentless work of historical research and reconstruction, hoping that it will create opportunities for recovery, resilience, and increasingly nourish dialogue between people who are only seemingly distant.


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