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.
Front matter Contents Illustrations/Maps Preface Abbreviations For Citations Hispania Part I. The Visigothic Era 415-711 1. The Visigothic Kingdom 2. Visigothic Government 3. Visigothic Society And Culture Part II. The Ascendancy Of Islam 711-1031 4. The Emirate Of Córdoba 5. The Caliphate of Córdoba 6. Government, Society, and Culture in al-Andalus, 711-1031 7. Government, Society, and Culture in Christian Spain, 711-1035 PART III. A Balance of Power, from the Jail of the Caliphate to Las Navas de Tolosa 1031-1212 8. Alfonso VI, the Taifas, and the Almoravids 9. Alfonso VII and the Leonese Empire 10. The Duel with the Almohads 11. Government, 1031-1212 12. Society and the Economy, 1031-1212 13. Religion and Culture, 1031-1212 PART IV. The Great Reconquest and the Beginnings of Overseas Expansion 1212-1369 14. The Great Reconquest 15. Alfonso X and the Lure of Empire 16. The Overseas Expansion of the Crown of Aragon 17. The Straits, the Mediterranean, and Civil War 18. Government, 1212-1369 19. Society and the Economy, 1212-1369 20. Religion and Culture, 1212-1369 PART V. The Struggle for Peninsular Union 1369-1479 21. The Early Trastámaras 22. The Hegemony of the Trastámaras 23. Government, 1369-1479 24. Society and the Economy, 1369-1479 25. Religion and Culture, 1369-1479 Epilogue The Catholic Kings and the Perfect Prince Genealogical Charts, Bibliography, and Index Genealogical Charts Bibliography Index
First published 1975 by Cornell University Press. First printing, Cornell Paperbacks, 1983. Includes bibliographical references and index. Description based on print version record.