E. Michael Gerli, Samuel G. Armistead
Taylor & Francis, 2003 - History - 920 pages
As the first comprehensive reference to the vital world of medieval Spain, this unique volume focuses on the Iberian kingdoms from the fall of the Roman Empire to the aftermath of the Reconquista. The nearly 1,000 signed A-Z entries, written by renowned specialists in the field, encompass topics of key relevance to medieval Iberia, including people, events, works, and institutions, as well as interdisciplinary coverage of literature, language, history, arts, folklore, religion, and science. Also providing in-depth discussions of the rich contributions of Muslim and Jewish cultures, and offering useful insights into their interactions with Catholic Spain, this comprehensive work is an invaluable tool for students, scholars, and general readers alike.
For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia website.
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As someone who teaches medieval Iberian literature and culture at a major research institution I find this an invaluable resource to get students going on research in the field. I have also used in footnotes in my own work to point readers to topics that, while not the focus of my study, may be of interest. It helps to begin to fill the void of available resources in English for our field.