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The Emergence of Leon-Castile C.1065-1500

To many medieval Europeans north of the Pyrenees, the Iberian Kingdom of LeA(3)n-Castile was remote and unfamiliar. In many ways such perceptions linger today, and the fact that LeA(3)n-Castile is mentioned at all in current textbooks is the result of efforts begun by scholars some forty years ago. Joseph F. O'Callaghan was part of a small group of English-speaking medievalists who banded together at conferences in the early 1970s to share their knowledge of Spain. O'Callaghan's general A History of Medieval Spain (1975) introduced a generation of English-speaking medievalists to Iberia. Still much of the new scholarly interest over the past decades has been directed toward the Kingdom of Aragon-Catalonia with its exceptionally well-preserved archives. The Emergence of LeA(3)n-Castile brings together the current research of O'Callaghan's colleagues, students and friends. The essays focus on the politics, law and economy of LeA(3)n-Castile from its first great leap forward in the eleventh century to the civil strife of the fifteenth. No other volume in English allows the reader to trace the institutional development of the kingdom with this chronological breadth. At the same time the volume integrates the Leonese experience into the wider discussions of lordship and power. While LeA(3)n-Castile's culture was certainly its own, the kingdom shared in and influenced the institutional and economic development of its fellow Christian kingdoms both in Spain and north of the Pyrenees. The kings of LeA(3)n and Castile were among the first European rulers to invite townsmen to their assemblies. At the same time, they attempted to regulate their economy through sumptuary legislation and wage and price freezes. And, their centuries-long colonization southwards influenced the Germanic expansion across the Elbe, the English drive into Wales and Ireland and the Latin settlement in the Crusader states. In conclusion this collection underlines the fact that LeA(3)n-Castile was not an isolated backwater but a sophisticated state that had an important influence on the development of medieval and renaissance Europe.
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Contents: Preface; Medieval Iberian studies in the United States, Bernard F. Reilly; The crown renewed: the administration of coinage in LeA^3n-Castile c.1085-1200, James J. Todesca; Towns on the edge: 12th-century municipal war policy in LeA^3n-Castile and France, James F. Powers; Foreigners and foes in the Leonese succession crisis of 1230, Janna Bianchini; Alfonso X and his brothers: a story of not very fraternal relations, Manuel GonzA!lez Jimenez; The Siete partidas and the law of charity in 13th-century Castile, James William Brodman; Towards a symbolic history of Alfonso XI of Castile: power, ceremony and triumph, Teofilo F. Ruiz; The Castilian navy in the reign of Alfonso XI, NicolA!s Agrait; Shifting alliances: the unstable bond between Castile and Aragon in the Late-14th century, Donald J. Kagay; TrastA!mara kings, queens, and the gender dynamics of monarchy, Theresa Earenfight; Don Alvaro de Luna and the indictment against royal favoritism in late medieval Castile, L.J. Andrew Villalon; Index.

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James Todesca is Associate Professor of History at Armstrong Atlantic State University, USA.

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