A mosaic of King Roger II: we should celebrate his 12th-century example of inter-cultural collaboration.
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A new production of the opera King Roger will open this week. At a time when Europe was charged with fear of the 'Muslim threat', this 12th century king collaborated with an Islamic scholar on an extraordinary project.
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