The Mercenary Mediterranean: Sovereignty, Religion, And Violence In The Medieval Crown Of Aragon by Hussein Fancy

The Mercenary Mediterranean: Sovereignty, Religion, And Violence In The Medieval Crown Of Aragon

byHussein Fancy

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

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Sometime in April 1285, five Muslim horsemen crossed from the Islamic kingdom of Granada into the realms of the Christian Crown of Aragon to meet with the king of Aragon, who showered them with gifts, including sumptuous cloth and decorative saddles, for agreeing to enter the Crown’s service.
           
They were not the first or only Muslim soldiers to do so. Over the course of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Christian kings of Aragon recruited thousands of foreign Muslim soldiers to serve in their armies and as members of their royal courts. Based on extensive research in Arabic, Latin, and Romance sources, The Mercenary Mediterranean explores this little-known and misunderstood history. Far from marking the triumph of toleration, Hussein Fancy argues, the alliance of Christian kings and Muslim soldiers depended on and reproduced ideas of religious difference. Their shared history represents a unique opportunity to reconsider the relation of medieval religion to politics, and to demonstrate how modern assumptions about this relationship have impeded our understanding of both past and present.

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Hussein Fancy is assistant professor of history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Title:The Mercenary Mediterranean: Sovereignty, Religion, And Violence In The Medieval Crown Of AragonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022632964X

ISBN - 13:9780226329642

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
On Names, Places, Dates, and Transcriptions


Introduction: A Mercenary Logic
Chapter One: Etymologies and Etiologies
Chapter Two: A Sovereign Crisis
Chapter Three: Sovereigns and Slaves
Chapter Four: A Mercenary Economy
Chapter Five: The Unpaid Debt
Chapter Six: The Worst Men in the World
Epilogue: Medievalism and Secularism

Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"A fascinating, compelling, and at times provocative study of how political power, religious identity, and the complexities of interfaith relations actually shaped a period which has since become renowned for its bewilderingly intertwined legacies of both violence and coexistence."