Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Mediaeval Spain

Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Mediaeval Spain

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To the Hispano-Romans, the Visigoths who invaded Spain in the mid-fifth century were heretical barbarians. But Leovigild's military success and Reccared's conversion to Catholic Christianity led to more positive assessments of the Gothic role in Iberian history. John of Biclaro and Isidore of Seville wrote histories of the Goths, portraying as the protagonists of a new independent Christianity in Spain. Christian historians of the eighth and ninth century tried to come to terms with the Muslim invasions in the same way, but this was more difficult as these invaders did not convert to the religion of the conquered peoples. The "Mozarabic Chronicle of 754" and the ninth-century "Chronicle of Alfonso III" are examples of this genre, which tried to interpret recent travails in a positive light. As well as the texts, this volume contains essays on them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 12.7mm | 300g
  • Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0853230471
  • 9780853230472

Table of contents

Part 1 Essays: John of Biclaro and the Goths; Isidore of Seville and the Goths; an Andulasian and the Muslims; an Asturian chronicler. Part 2 Texts: John of Biclaro, "Chronicle"; Isidore of Seville, "History of the King of Goths"; "The Chronicle of 754"; "The Chronicle of Alfonso III". Appendix: lists of rulers.
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About Kenneth Baxter Wolf

Kenneth Baxter Wolf was educated at Stanford University, where he received his B.A. degree in religious studies and his Ph.D. degree in history. He is the author of Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain and Making History: The Normans and Their Historians in Eleventh-Century Italy, available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. He is Associate Professor of History at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
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