Spain, 1157-1300: A Partible Inheritance

Spain, 1157-1300: A Partible Inheritance

by Peter Linehan
     
 

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The years 1157 to 1300 constitute one of the most significant periods of Spain’s own development as well as of its relationship with the wider world. While the Christian reconquest of most of the part of the peninsula occupied by Spanish Islam proceeded further and faster than ever before, the cultural and intellectual consequences of its contact with

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The years 1157 to 1300 constitute one of the most significant periods of Spain’s own development as well as of its relationship with the wider world. While the Christian reconquest of most of the part of the peninsula occupied by Spanish Islam proceeded further and faster than ever before, the cultural and intellectual consequences of its contact with ‘the other’ resonated throughout the schools and universities of Northern Europe. Yet despite this, the underlying weaknesses of a society disorganized by war and overstretched by its endeavours could neither be disguised nor remedied.

Spain 1157-1300 examines this fascinating period of medieval history, focussing on the reign of Alfonso the Learned – the ruler of Castile who ultimately failed in his attempt to bring Spain into Europe – and his Aragonese contemporaries in the Mediterranean. While questioning the assumption that the history of this period foreshadowed the unified Spain of the still far-distant Golden Age, Spain 1157-1312  draws on a vast body of primary and secondary source material to provide a balanced overview of a crucial period of Spanish as well as of European history.

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"This is a masterly revisiting of the period, every clause of Linehan's sentences embodying not only that eloquence of rhetorical style he so admired in the work of another Fellow of St. John's, Prof. John Cook (see the obituary by Lineham in The Independent, 15 September 2007), but a freshness and vitality of vision that find their fullest expression in his portrait of King Alfonso el Sabio." (Speculuma Medieval Studies, April 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444339758
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Series:
A History of Spain Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
740,694
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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"Both unified Spain and the multiple Spains of the reconquest are here superbly narrated and explained by one of the foremost specialists of Medieval Spain."
Jacques Le Goff, Ecoles Des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

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