A History of Medieval Spain by Joseph F. O'CallaghanA History of Medieval Spain by Joseph F. O'Callaghan

A History of Medieval Spain

byJoseph F. O'Callaghan

Paperback | August 31, 1983

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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.

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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Title:A History of Medieval SpainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:736 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inPublished:August 31, 1983Publisher:Cornell University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations for Citations
Hispania

PART I: THE VISIGOTH 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 FALL 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
1. Umayyad Emirs and Caliphs of Córdoba, 756-1031
2. Kings of Asturias-León to 1037
3. Rulers of Navarre, Aragon, and Barcelona to 1035
4. Rulers of Portugal, León, and Castile, 1035-1214
5. Rulers of Navarre, Aragon, Catalonia, and Provence, 1035-1214
6. Kings of Navarre, 1194-1512
7. Kings of León-Castile, 1214-1504
8. Kings of Portugal, 1211-1521
9. Kings of Aragon, 1213-1516
10. The Nasrid Kings of Granada, 1232-1492

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Abbreviations
General Works
Part I: The Visigothic Era
Part II: The Ascendancy of Islam
Part III: A Balance of Power, from the Fall of the Caliphate to Las Navas de Tolosa
Part IV: The Great Reconquest and the Beginnings of Overseas Expansion
Part V: The Struggle for Peninsular Union
Epilogue: The Catholic Kings and the Perfect Prince

INDEX

From Our Editors

'This book is a comprehensive narrative history based on an impressively wide reading in the sources and secondary literature. It should prove useful to teachers, students, and general readers in European history...Soundly traditional in its organization, it gives primacy to political events without neglecting institutional, social, and cultural matters.'-The American Historical Review

Editorial Reviews

"O'Callaghan's A History of Medieval Spain is indispensable to the medievalist and to the Latin-Americanist alike. It is encyclopedic in nature, making it a valuable reference tool. . . . On the whole, it represents considerable familiarity with the sources of information and learned condensation of that material. The chapters on society, economy, and culture give the reader a wider view than a skeletal political history of medieval Spain."— Southeastern Latin Americanist