History and the Historians of Medieval Spain

Hardcover | April 1, 1993

byPeter Linehan

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This is a study of medieval Spain and its historians, from the chroniclers of the middle ages to the revisionists of the post-Franco era. The history of medieval Spain has long been perceived as a tale of original sin followed by a long-drawn-out process of atonement. History and theHistorians of Medieval Spain traces the development of that perception. It is a formidably researched tour de force which reveals history in the making during the eight hundred years which separated the end of the Roman period from what is now described as the birth of the modern state. In the differing aspirations of the inventors of the past both then and now - from the restoration of Toledo's Visigothic hegemony in the 1240s to the feudalization of medieval Castile and the sacralization of its kings since the death of Franco - an underlying sense of purpose emerges. In theircontest for control of the present through mastery of the past, and the expression of their local loyalties, the historians of the seventh to the fourteenth centuries and the authors of the False Chronicles in the early 1600s have their counterparts in the contemporary Spain of theautonomias.

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This is a study of medieval Spain and its historians, from the chroniclers of the middle ages to the revisionists of the post-Franco era. The history of medieval Spain has long been perceived as a tale of original sin followed by a long-drawn-out process of atonement. History and theHistorians of Medieval Spain traces the development o...

Peter Linehan is at St John's College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:766 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.61 inPublished:April 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198219458

ISBN - 13:9780198219453

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`This is an immensely learned book, which displays great sophistication within a very restricted area ... the persistent student may learn a great deal from what he has to say ... This book may, therefore, be recommended for its learning, at times for its wit, and for some mordantcharacterizations of major episodes in Spanish medieval history.'John Edwards, Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 47, No. 1, Apr '96