The Gibraltar Crusade: Castile and the Battle for the Strait. Philadelphia, pa: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. 376 pp. ISBN: 978-0812243024.
Historians of medieval Spain have long been attempting to demonstrate the validity of including peninsular warfare against the Moors within the more popular (and bestselling) genre of “The Crusades.” Professor O’Callaghan has spent the better part of his long and industrious career fighting this good fight; his latest book is a further attempt to properly place Spain and the Reconquest within a larger context of European crusades against Islam and he does it in an erudite
Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today. Chicago, il: The University of Chicago Press, 2014. 341 pp. isbn: 978-0-226-16893-7.
David Nirenberg’s latest book takes us back into the world of late medieval Iberia, further analyzing the events and discourses that defined relationships among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. But Neighboring Faiths is more than a monograph on medieval Spain; it is a highly theoretical work of both intellectual and social history, equally relevant as a work on historiography as it is on medieval history. Nirenberg does not confine history