List of Abbreviations.
Past and Present.
After the Emperor.
Two Royal Minorities.
2 The Age of Las Navas.
Life, Law and Memory.
Implications of the Vernacular.
Doña Berenguela and Son.
'The Gate is Open and the Way Is Clear'.
Conquest and Colonization.
Toledo and Seville.
The Mediterranean Dimension.
4 Some Permanent Features.
Hunger, Kings and Capitals.
Alfonso X: Promising Beginnings.
A Command Economy.
Implications of Empire.
Toledo and Translations.
The Mudéjar Rising.
The Alfonsine Histories.
A Reign in Ruins.
France and Aragón.
The Learned King.
8 The Changed Balance.
Castile after 1284.
A Question of Alliances.
'Neither Truth nor Faith'.
"His expertise in both the history and the historiography of that period provides a complex, multifaceted perspective on an era that demands nothing." (English Historical Review, 1 August 2010)
"As the author of a survey of Spanish history in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, Peter Linehan is a natural choice. His expertise in both the history and the historiography of that period provides a complex, multifaceted perspective on an era that demands nothing less." (English Historical Review, August 2010)
“The work presents a valuable scholarly addition that details medieval Spain through a large primary source body of evidence, and offers valuable insight into the multifaceted reality that was medieval Spain between 1157 and 1300.” (Choice Reviews, May 2009)
“Peter Linehan's remarkable scholarly productivity richly qualifies him to be the author of such a book.” (The American Historical Review, February 2009)
“The balance of the book represents in essence a study of the course and impact of Alfonso X's long and problematic reign, in the context of peninsular, European and Mediterranean politics and culture. The book is written in Linehan's trademark style, which readers will either find entertaining, frustrating or both. It is dense and detailed, written in breathless prose, peppered with ironies and inside jokes.” (The Medieval Review, February 2009)
- 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