Christians and Moors in Spain. Vol 2 Latin documents and vernacular documents AD 1195-1614

BookChristians and Moors in Spain. Vol 2 Latin documents and vernacular documents AD 1195-1614

Christians and Moors in Spain. Vol 2 Latin documents and vernacular documents AD 1195-1614

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics


January 1st, 1989

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The two previous volumes draw a fascinating picture of the confrontation between the Christians and Moors in Spain from the Christian side. This volume attempts to redress the balance by describing many of the same incidents from the Muslims' point of view. The close intermingling of Christians and Moors, whether in love, in politics or in the common enjoyment of popular festivals, helps to account for the unique character of Islamic society in the Iberian Peninsula. Extracts from Arabic sources cover the relations between Christians and Moors in Spain over nearly 800 years. Apart from military encounters, some attention is paid to diplomacy, and also to lawsuits, legal judgments and regulations governing the co-existence of the rival communities. These not only reveal the fundamental differences between the two sides, but show how, in many cases, the divisions were not as clear-cut as the jurists and theologians would have wished. Only a handful of these texts have ever been translated into English before, and it is hoped that this selection will make a contribution to the understanding of this remarkable period in Spanish and Islamic history.

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Table of Contents
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Title Page2
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37. The aftermath of Alarcos (1195-96)11
38. Ovid in an unexpected setting (1199)15
39. Preparations for the Crusade: an alternative view (1212)21
40. Las Navas de Tolosa (1212)23
41. The Franciscans try to preach in Seville (1219)35
42. A famous victory against great odds (1231)41
43. Miracles of St Dominic of Silos (1232, 1277, 1280)47
44. A turncoat redeems himself (1236)53
45. King James views Jativa (1240)57
46. The Aragonese grant terms to Alcira (1242)59
47. Seville (1248)63
48. The study of Arabic (mid-13th century)69
49. Prince Henry as mercenary commander (1261-65)73
50. Cross-border allegiances (1271-73)77
51. Ramon Llull learns Arabic83
52. The education of a prince (1293)87
53. The Siete partidas91
54. Christian and infidel in alliance (1309)95
55. An attempted seduction (1330)101
56. Why did God allow Islam to emerge? (1330)103
57. Peace-making leads to an assassination (1333)105
58. The Salado campaign (1340)111
59. Market forces impose peace with the infidel (1360)123
60. The Moor, noble knight and lover (about 1410)127
61. La Higueruela: three perceptions (1431)131
62. A heretic flees to Granada (1443)143
63. Christmas festivities in Jaen (1463)145
64. Life on the Granadine frontier (1465)151
65. Granada on the eve of surrender (1491)153
66. An Austrian traveller in Spain (1494-95)161
67. The King of Tlemcen becomes King Ferdinand's vassal (1512)165
68. Oppression and protest (1566)169
69. The Alpujarra rebellion (1568-70)173
70. The galley-slave (1583)177
71. The final chapter (1609?)181
72. Postscript: Sancho Panza meets an old friend (1614)185