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Spain, 1157-1300: A Partible Inheritance

ISBN: 978-1-4443-4268-0
304 pages
March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Spain, 1157-1300 makes use of 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.
  • Examines the most significant phase of Spanish mainland development
  • Considers the profound intellectual consequences of Christian advances into Islamic Spain
  • Explores the varying fortunes of the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, and focuses on the reign of the learned Alfonso X of Castile
  • Utilizes the vast body of primary and secondary source material published over the past 30 years
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Preface.

Chronology.

List of Abbreviations.

Tree showing some of those mentioned in these pages.

Map of Spain in the thirteenth century.

1 1157-1179.

Past and Present.

After the Emperor.

Two Royal Minorities.

2 The Age of Las Navas.

Life, Law and Memory.

Three Battles.

Implications of the Vernacular.

Castile Victorious.

3 1214-1248.

Doña Berenguela and Son.

'The Gate is Open and the Way Is Clear'.

Towards Valencia.

Conquest and Colonization.

Toledo and Seville.

After Valencia.

The Mediterranean Dimension.

4 Some Permanent Features.

Jews.

Moors.

Hunger, Kings and Capitals.

5 1252-1259.

Alfonso X: Promising Beginnings.

A Command Economy.

The Law.

Implications of Empire.

6 1259-1274.

Toledo and Translations.

International Complications.

The Mudéjar Rising.

The Alfonsine Histories.

7 1275-1284.

A Reign in Ruins.

France and Aragón.

1282.

Aragón Alone.

The Learned King.

8 The Changed Balance.

Castile after 1284.

A Question of Alliances.

'Neither Truth nor Faith'.

Epilogue.

Bibliography.

Glossary.

Index.

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Peter Linehan is Fellow and Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, Fellow of the British Academy, and Corresponding Member of the Spanish Academy of History.
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  • Examines the most significant phase of Spanish mainland development
  • Considers the profound intellectual consequences of Christian advances into Islamic Spain
  • Explores the varying fortunes of the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, and focuses on the reign of the learned Alfonso X of Castile
  • Utilizes the vast body of primary and secondary source material published over the past 30 years
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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)

 

"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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