Caliphs and Kings: Spain, 796-1031

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John Wiley & Sons, May 7, 2012 - History - 314 pages
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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

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War and Society 796888
Chroniclers and Kings 791910
The Christians of alAndalus 83
Monks Books and Saints in the Christian North 104
Local Government versus the Capital 888928 121
The Kingdom of Leon 9101037 138
Umayyad Triumph and Disaster 9121031 166
The Kingdom of Navarre and the Pyrenean Counties 7991035 205
The County of Castile c 8601037 238
Bibliography 257
Glossary 300

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Formerly a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in the University of Edinburgh, Roger Collins is now a Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely in medieval Spanish and European history, and his books include: The Basques (Blackwell, 1986), The Arab Conquest of Spain, 710797 (Blackwell, 1989), Oxford Archaeological Guide to Spain (1998), Charlemagne (1998), Visigothic Spain, 409711 (Blackwell, 2004), and, most recently, Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy (2009).

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