Medieval Iberia

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Olivia Remie Constable
University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 426 pages
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The documents collected here date mostly from the eighth through the fifteenth centuries and have been translated from Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Castilian, Catalan, and Portuguese by many of the most eminent scholars in the field of Iberian studies. The selections include chronicle materials, poetry, and legal and religious sources, and each is accompanied by a brief introduction placing the text in its historical and cultural setting. Arranged chronologically, the documents are also keyed so as to be accessible to readers interested in specific topics such as urban life, the politics of the royal courts, interfaith relations, or women, marriage, and the family.

For some historians, medieval Iberian society was primarily one of peaceful coexistence and cross-cultural fertilization; others have sketched a harsher picture of Muslims and Christians engaged in an ongoing contest for political, religious, and economic advantage culminating in the fall of Muslim Granada and the expulsion of the Jews in the late fifteenth century. The reality that emerges inMedieval Iberiais more nuanced than either of these scenarios can comprehend; this monumental collection offers unparalleled access to the multicultural complexity of the lands that would become modern Portugal and Spain.

  

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This is a very nice book. I have always been curious about the daily life of people in the middle ages. This book gives you a good insight of the daily life as well as the major events in medieval Spain... Read full review

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A great resource of carefully selected primary documents from Islamic Spain.

Contents

In Praise of Spain
3
A Catholic Bishop and an Arian King
5
The Visigothic Conversion to Catholicism
12
Visigothic Legislation Concerning the Jews
21
King Khindaswinth and Queen Reciberga
24
The Iberian Peninsula 7111031
28
Two Accounts of the Muslim Conquest 29
29
7 A MuslimChristian Treaty
37
The Life of an Andalusi Mystic
203
The Christian Conquest of Valencia
209
Three Charters from the Kingdom of Valencia
212
The Christian Conquest of Seville
217
Administration of an Urban Militia
223
Resettlement and Redistribution of Land
228
A Christian Alliance Against Granada
232
The Iberian Peninsula 12641492
238

Christian Resistance in the North
39
An Uprising Against the Amir alHakam
45
A Christian Account of the Life of Muhammad
48
Eulogius and the Martyrs of Cordoba
51
The Kings of Asturias
56
On the Campaigns and Diplomacy ofAbd alRahman III
62
On the Campaigns and Diplomaey ofAbd alRahman III 63
63
A Jewish Administrator Under Caliph Hisham
73
On Forgetting a Beloved
77
On the Inconsistencies of the Four Gospels
81
A Jewish Vizier Describes the Battle of Alfuente
85
Three Views of Samuel and Joseph ibn Naghrela
91
The Political Dilemma of a Granadan Ruler
103
The Iberian Peninsula 1095
110
Exile of the Cid and His Capture of Valencia m
111
Concerning King Sancho I of Aragon and His Deeds
118
22 Two Christian Urban Charters 123125
123
Justice in Catalonia
127
Redeeming a Captive Jewish Woman
131
The Siege of Lisbon
133
The Pilgrimage to Santiago
137
27 Two Arguments in Support of Christian Faith
143
Tales of Instruction for Life
152
Grants to Christian Military Orders
156
Planning for Christian Expansion
162
Toward a New Order of Power 164167
164
Statutes of Girona
167
The Iberian Peninsula 1212
174
Market Regulations in Muslim Seville
175
HtspanoArabic Poetry
180
Ibn Tumart and the Rise of the Almohads
185
The Doctrine of Divine Unity
190
Jewish Listeners and an Arab Astrologer
198
The Life of an Andalusi Mystic 203
239
Three Documents from Huesca Will of Pere Calafat Mallorca 242
242
Will of Pere Calafat Mallorca
246
The King and the Cortes
250
The Proper Qualities of a King
255
Positions at the Royal Court
262
The Legal Status of Jews and Muslims in Castile
269
The Early Career of Ramon Llull
276
On Preaching and Conversion
280
Foundation of a Convent of Friars
285
The Evils of Monev and Drink
288
Love Lyrics by a Catalan Queen
292
Memoirs of a Castiiian Noblewoman
294
The Convent and the World
302
Statutes of Girona 167
307
Pageants and Festivities in Castile
317
Marriage and Divorce in Muslim Granada
323
A Mudejar Summary of Islamic Law
327
Heresy and Inquisition
330
Muslims and Christians in Valencia
338
The Christian Conquest of Granada 343 344
343
The Expulsion of the Jews
352
Morisco Appeal to the Ottoman Sultan
364
The Castilian New World
371
The Portuguese New World and India
378
Genealogical Tables
387
Glossary
397
Bibliography
403
Index to Texts According to Genre
409
An Uprising Against the Amir alHakam 45
414
Ibn Hayyan Muqtahis 67
418
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Olivia Remie Constable is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and author of Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain: The Commercial Realignment of the Iberian Peninsula, 900-1500.

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