Medieval Iberia : Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources
by Olivia Remie Constable
Editor: University of Pennsylvania Press
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For some historians, medieval Iberian society was marked by peaceful coexistence and the cross-cultural fertilization; others traced a more severe image to the Muslims and Christians engaged during a contest for political, religious, and economic advantage leading to the fall of Muslims from Granada and the expulsion of Jews in the endThe reality emerging in the medieval city of the Iberian Peninsula is more nuanced than the other of these scenarios can understandNow expanded, second edition, this monument of the collection offers unparalleled access for the multicultural character of the complex territory that will become the modern, Portugal and SpainThe documents collected in the medieval city of Iberia date mainly from the eighth through the fifteenth centuries and have been translated from Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Castilian, Catalan, Portuguese and by several of the most prominent researchers in the field of Iberian studiesNearly a quarter of this edition is new, including visual material and increased coverage of Jews and Muslim affairs, as well as more sources concerning women, social and economic history, and domestic life.This material extends widely in historical chronicles, poetry, law and religious sources, and each is accompanied by a brief introduction to place the text in its historical and cultural setting.In chronological order, the documents are also inlaid so as to be accessible to readers interested in specific subjects such as urban life, royal court politics, interreligious relations, or women, marriage and the family.
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