The Medieval Spains / Edition 1

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This book traces the political evolution of the lberian peninsula from a collection of late Roman imperial provinces to the Spanish and Portuguese monarchies of the fifteeth century. That evolution is explained initially as a product of the interaction of the geography of Iberia and the successive invasions of it by the Visigoths in the fifth and sixth centuries and the Muslim invasion of the eighth century. The character of the Muslim organization of peninsular society is discussed and its failure to achieve a stable political order is assessed. The rival cultures of Iberia came increasingly under the influence of Europe north of the Pyrenees and, as the peninsula developed agriculturally and institutionally, acted as the vanguard of that western European culture. Nevertheless, the different opportunities offered by the peculiarities of terrain and the relative weakness of the Islamic power confronting them led to the emergence of the variety of Christian kingdoms whose partial consolidation had only just begun by the late Middle Ages.
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"...highly recommended for advanced high school and university-level students....[Institutions] strong in medieval studies won't want to miss the opportunity to purchase a textbook which traces the political evolution of Spain to the fifteenth century." The Bookwatch

"...highly recommended for advanced high school and university-level students....[Institutions] strong in medieval studies won't want to miss the opportunity to purchase a textbook which traces the political evolution of Spain to the fifteenth century." The Bookwatch

"...a welcome addition to medieval Luso-Hispanic studies." James F. Powers, Catholic History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521397414
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Cambridge Medieval Textbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 642,183
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1 At the edge of empire 1
The time of troubles 7
A second Visigothic kingdom 12
2 The Germanic kingdom in Iberia, 569-711 17
The countryside and the magnates 20
Commerce and city 24
Intellectual life in a new world 27
Law and institutions 33
The classic Visigothic kingdom 39
3 Iberia and the dar-al-Islam, 711-1009 51
Government and society in al-Andalus 56
"The course of civilization is from east to west" 61
The high cultures of al-Andalus 67
The other Iberia 74
The waxing and waning of al-Andalus 79
4 Christian reconquista and African Empire, 1009-1157 90
The savaging of al-Andalus 96
The proliferation of Christian kingdoms in the north 104
The assault on Murabit Iberia 115
The structure of eleventh- and twelfth-century societies 116
High culture in eleventh- and twelfth-century Iberia 121
5 The definition of Iberian autonomy: 1157-1295 129
The contest with the Muwahhid 133
The sinews of triumph 139
Political society under the monarchy 144
Thought, its vehicles and its envelopes 153
6 The evolution of the medieval order in Iberia 160
Society and its critics 172
The mature tradition and the intellectual life 186
7 The passing of medieval Iberia, 1248-1474 190
The Mudejars: life amidst the infidel 195
Towards the destruction of Iberian Jewry 198
The aggrandizement of Castile 203
An introductory bibliography 210
Index 215
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