Beyond the Reconquista: New Directions in the History of Medieval Iberia (711-1085)


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Beyond the Reconquista: New Directions in the History of Medieval Iberia (711-1085) offers an exciting series of essays by leading scholars in Hispanic Studies from across North America and Europe. At its heart is the Reconquista, without doubt the most important and enduring theme of Iberian historiography of the Middle Ages. The innovative studies collected herein, which treat a diverse array of subjects via forensic analyses of charters, chronicles and coins, shed new light on crucial aspects of medieval Iberian socio-economic, political and cultural history. The result is a collection of essays which marks a decisive and bold turning of the page in Iberian medieval studies, as the reality and ideal of Reconquest come under hitherto unparalleled scrutiny.

Contributors are Graham Barrett, Jeffrey Bowman, Alberto Canto, Nicola Clarke, Wendy Davies, Julio Escalona, Jonathan Jarrett, Eduardo Manzano Moreno, Iñaki Martín Viso and Lucy K. Pick.

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Simon Barton, D.Phil. York (1990), became Professor of History at the University of Central Florida in 2017, having previously worked at the University of Exeter from 1993 to 2017. He was one of the most eminent historians of medieval Spain of his generation. He died in December 2017.
Robert Portass, D.Phil. Oxon (2011), is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Lincoln. He has published extensively on medieval Spanish society, economy and politics, including The Village World of Early Medieval Northern Spain: Local Community and the Land Market (2017).
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Simon Barton† (1962–2017)

Beyond the Reconquista: an Introductory Essay
Robert Portass

Part 1: Hispania Old and New

1The Life and Death of an Historiographical Folly: The Early Medieval Depopulation and Repopulation of the Duero Basin
Julio Escalona & Iñaki Martín Viso
2Hispania at Home and Abroad
Graham Barrett

Part 2: Hispania Real and Imagined

3A Likely Story: Purpose in Narratives from Charters of the Early Medieval Pyrenees
Jonathan Jarrett
4Counts in Ninth- and Tenth-Century Iberia
Wendy Davies
5The Value of Wealth: Coins and Coinage in Iberian Early Medieval Documents
Eduardo Manzano Moreno & Alberto Canto

Part 3: Writing, Remembering, Representing

6Record, Chronicle and Oblivion: Remembering and Forgetting Elite Women in Medieval Iberia
Jeffrey Bowman
7‘He lashed his mawlā with a whip, and shaved his head’: Masculinity and Hierarchy in Early Andalusī Chronicles’
Nicola Clarke
8Islam Concealed and Revealed: The Chronicle of 754 and Beatus of Liébana’s Commentary on the Apocalypse
Lucy K. Pick

All interested in Iberian history and historiography and the Middle Ages more generally. All research libraries and specialist libraries in Iberian Studies.
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