Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain

Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain

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From the perspective of 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 (c.590) and Isidore of Seville (c.625) authored histories that projected the Gothic achievements back on to their uncertain beginnings, transforming them from antagonists of the Roman Empire to protagonists of a new, independent Chistianity in Spain.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 147 x 210 x 12.7mm | 960g
  • Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0853235546
  • 9780853235545
  • 976,898

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Sources and Abbreviations




John of Biclaro and the Goths

Isidore of Seville and the Goths

An Andalusian Chronicler and the Muslims

An Asturian Chronicler and the Muslims


John of Biclaro, Chronicle

Isidore of Seville, History of the Kings of the Goths

The Chronicle of 754

The Chronicle of Alfonso III

Lists of Rulers

Select Bibliography

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... undoubtedly ... convenient for those who would teach and study early medieval Spanish history...

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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About Kenneth Baxter Wolf

Kenneth Baxter Wolf is the John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics at Pomona College, USA. His many publications include Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain in the Translated Texts for Historians series (revised edition 1999), The Deeds of Count Roger of Calabria and Sicily and of His Brother Duke Robert Guiscard, by Geoffrey Malaterra (2005) and The Life and Afterlife of St. Elizabeth of Hungary: Testimony from Her Canonization Hearings (2011).
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