Knights on the Frontier: The Moorish Guard of the Kings of Castile (1410-1467)

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BRILL, 2009 - History - 358 pages
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The kings of Castile maintained a personal cavalry guard through much of the fifteenth century, consisting of practicing Muslims and converts to Christianity. This privileged Muslim elite provides an interesting case-study to propose new theories about voluntary conversion from Christianity to Islam in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the ways of assimilation of such a group into the local and courtly environments where they lived thereafter. Other subjects involved are the transformation of royal armies from feudal companies to regimented, professional forces including a well-trained cavalry, which in Castile was formed partly by these knights. Their descendants had to endure the changing policies conveyed by Isabel and Fernando, which increased discriminatory habits towards converts in Castilian society.
 

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Contents

Christians Mudejars and Granadans three sides of one political reality
xxi
The Moorish knights from the Frontier to the Court
47
The Kings foreign guard
97
The conversion of the Moorish knights
139
The dissolution of the Moorish guard
191
Conclusion
211
Documentary Appendix
215
Bibliography
333
Index
347
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Ana Echevarria, Ph.D. (1995) in History, University of Edinburgh, is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the Universidad National de Educatin a Distancia, Spain. She has published on the relations between Christianity and Islam in the Iberian Peninsula, including The Fortress of Faith: The Attitude towards Muslims in Fifteenth Century Spain (Brill, 1999).

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