Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources

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For nearly eight centuries, the Iberian Peninsula was remarkable for its political, religious, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity. In Medieval Iberia Olivia Remie Constable brings together nearly one hundred original sources that testify to the peninsula's rich and sometimes volatile mix of Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The documents collected here date mostly from the eighth through the fifteenth centuries and have been translated from Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Castilian, Catalan, and ...
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For nearly eight centuries, the Iberian Peninsula was remarkable for its political, religious, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity. In Medieval Iberia Olivia Remie Constable brings together nearly one hundred original sources that testify to the peninsula's rich and sometimes volatile mix of Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The documents collected here date mostly from the eighth through the fifteenth centuries and have been translated from Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Castilian, Catalan, and Portuguese by many of the most eminent scholars in the field of Iberian studies. The selections include chronicle materials, poetry, and legal and religious sources, and each is accompanied by a brief introduction placing the text in its historical and cultural setting. Arranged chronologically, the documents are also keyed so as to be accessible to readers interested in specific topics such as urban life, the politics of the royal courts, interfaith relations, or women, marriage, and the family.
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The documents collected here date mostly from the eighth through the 15th century and have been translated by eminent scholars in the field of Iberian studies. 65 selections include chronicle materials, poetry, and legal and religious sources, and each is accompanied by a brief introduction placing the text in its historical and cultural setting. The collection offers unparalleled access to the individual cultures and to the multicultural complexity of the lands that would become modern Portugal and Spain. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"An impressive collection of sources which should prove of great interest to specialist and nonspecialist alike."—English Historical Review

"With the assistance of a large team of acknowledged experts, Constable has succeeded in assembling a distinguished miscellany of unusual interest which deserves to be warmly and widely welcomed."—History Today

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812233339
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Series: Middle Ages Series
  • Pages: 448

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Olivia Remie Constable is Professor of Medieval History and the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain: The Commercial Realignment of the Iberian Peninsula, 900-1500.

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