Aristocracy in Twelfth-Century Leon and Castile by Simon Barton
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Aristocracy in Twelfth-Century Leon and Castile by Simon Barton

Book Awards

  • Winner of Premio Del Rey Prize 1998.

Book Description

This volume examines the nature of aristocratic society in the Spanish kingdom of Leon and Castile in the twelfth century. Drawing on an extensive range of original sources, many of them unpublished, it highlights the unrivalled wealth, status and power enjoyed by some members of the aristocracy. It also explores the multifarious roles that lay magnates were expected to fulfil: as family protectors, landlords and judges; as courtiers, diplomats and military commanders; and, not least, as patrons of the church. The nobility of Leon and Castile experienced a number of important changes during this period. There are signs that a few great families began to develop an embryonic sense of lineage. The struggle for ascendancy with al-Andalus - Muslim Spain - also enabled some magnates to acquire influence far from their traditional centres of power, and the concept of crusade made itself felt in aristocratic circles. The book's Appendices include a unique biographical study of the counts of Leon and Castile and a selection of genealogical tables.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521894067
ISBN-10: 0521894069
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 388
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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History of Spain by Simon Barton History of Spain, Paperback (June 2009)

This expanded new edition has been revised throughout in order to amplify key points. The last chapter brings the story up to date and includes discussion of recent events such as the 2004 Madrid bombings and the 2008 general election. The second edition also features additional maps and figures.

World of El Cid by Simon Barton World of El Cid, Paperback (November 2000)

Makes available, for the first time in English translation, four of the principal narrative sources for the history of the Spanish kingdom of Leon--Castile, covering the Reconquest of Spain from the forces of Islam during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and the story of Rodrigo Diaz, better remembered as El Cid.

Aristocracy in Twelfth-century Leon and Castile by Simon Barton Aristocracy in Twelfth-century Leon and Castile, Hardback (August 1997)

An examination of the nature and role of the aristocracy in twelfth-century Spain.

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