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Caliphs and Kings: Spain, 796-1031

Roger Collins

ISBN: 978-0-631-18184-2 May 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 328 Pages



Roger Collins, a leading historian, investigates a time in Spanish history known for its multi-religious society - when Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in apparent harmony - revealing a fuller, more complex picture of this fascinating period. 

  • Presents new ideas and interpretations of a fascinating yet much misunderstood period of Spanish and Islamic history
  • A broad and complex treatment of the tenure of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain
  • Debunks myths and investigates the historiography of existing scholarship of the period
Genealogies viii

Maps xi

Introduction 1

1 Al-Andalus:War and Society, 796–888 14

2 The Asturian Kingdom: Chroniclers and Kings, 791–910 50

3 The Christians of al-Andalus 83

4 Monks, Books, and Saints in the Christian North 104

5 Al-Andalus: Local Government versus the Capital, 888–928 121

6 TheKingdomofLe´ on, 910–1037 138

7 Al-Andalus: Umayyad Triumph and Disaster, 912–1031 166

8 The Kingdom of Navarre and the Pyrenean Counties, 799–1035 205

9 The County of Castile, c.860–1037 238

Bibliography 257

Glossary 300

Acknowledgments 302

Index 304

“A blessing for faculty, but also a very useful introduction for students.”  (H-Soz-u-Kult, March 2014)

“Caliphs and Kings: Spain, 796–1031is a book for readers who seek interesting stories culled from Christian historical sources from the period from 796–1031, rather than for those who seek a book on the caliphal aspects of the same period.” (Project Muse, 1 June 2014)

“Supported by useful royal genealogies and a vast bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)