A History of Medieval Spain

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Cornell University Press, Aug 31, 1983 - History - 728 pages
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Medieval Spain is brilliantly recreated, in all its variety and richness, in this comprehensive survey. Likely to become the standard work in English, the book treats the entire Iberian Peninsula and all the people who inhabited it, from the coming of the Visigoths in the fifth century to the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella. Integrating a wealth of information about the diverse peoples, institutions, religions, and customs that flourished in the states that are now Spain and Portugal, Joseph F. O'Callaghan focuses on the continuing attempts to impose political unity on the peninsula.

O'Callaghan divides his story into five compact historical periods and discusses political, social, economic, and cultural developments in each period. By treating states together, he is able to put into proper perspective the relationships among them, their similarities and differences, and the continuity of development from one period to the next. He gives proper attention to Spain's contacts with the rest of the medieval world, but his main concern is with the events and institutions on the peninsula itself. Illustrations, genealogical charts, maps, and an extensive bibliography round out a book that will be welcomed by scholars and student of Spanish and Portuguese history and literature, as well as by medievalists, as the fullest account to date of Spanish history in the Middle Ages.

 

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Contents

Preface 1
11
H issatili
17
THE VISIGOTHIC ERA 415711
35
THE ASCENDANCY OF ISLAM 7111031
89
A BALANCE OF POWER FROM THE FALL OF
191
Alfonso VII and the Leonese Empire
215
The Duel with the Almohads
234
Government 10311212
254
Religion and Culture 10311212
305
THE GREAT RECONQUEST AND THE BEGINNINGS
331
Alfonso X and the Lure of Empire
358
THE STRUGGLE FOR PENINSULAR UNION 13691479
521
EPILOGUE
655
Umayyad Emirs and Caliphs of Córdoba 7561031
678
INDEX
707
Copyright

Society and the Economy 10311212
282

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Joseph F. O'Callaghan is Professor Emeritus of History at Fordham University. He is a past president of the American Catholic Historical Association and the Academy of American Historians of Medieval Spain.

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