A comprehensive history that focuses on the crises of Spain in the late middle ages and the early transformations that underpinned the later successes of the Catholic Monarchs.
- Illuminates Spain's history from the early fourteenth century to the union of the Crowns of Castile and Aragon in 1474
- Examines the challenges and reforms of the social, economic, political, and cultural structures of the country
- Looks at the early transformations that readied Spain for the future opportunities and challenges of the early modern Age of Discovery
- Includes a helpful bibliography to direct the reader toward further study
About the Author
Teofilo F. Ruiz is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include Crisis and Continuity: Land and Town in Late Medieval Castile (1994) and Spanish Society 1400-1600 (2002) and From Heaven to Earth. The Reordering of Castilian Society, 1150-1350 (2004).
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments.
Map 1. Spain in the late fifteenth century.
Map 2. The Crown of Aragon and the Western Mediterranean in the late Middle Ages.
1. At the Dawn of a New Century: The Spains around 1300.
2. Medieval Spain in the Late Middle Ages: Society and Economy.
3. The Answers of Politics: Spain, 1300-1350.
4. Toward Trastámara Spain, 1350-1412.
5. Spain in the Fifteenth Century: Toward the Rule of the Catholic Monarchs, 1412-1469.
6. The Sinews of Power: Administration, Politics, and Display.
7. Muslims, Jews, and Christians in a Century of Crisis.
8. Culture and Society in an Age of Crisis.
What People are Saying About This
"Plagues, crusades, civil wars and fratricidal princes: there is no better introduction to the chaotic political and cultural history of fourteenth and fifteenth century Spain than this vivid volume by a magisterial scholar, master teacher, and dean of Spanish historians." –David Nirenberg,The University of Chicago
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ruiz is a historian of the first-order who writes in a very accessible way.