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Medieval Iberia : an encyclopedia
Gerli, E. Michael.
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 2003.
Physical Description:
xxx, 920 pages : illustrations, music ; 29 cm
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DP99 .M33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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As the first comprehensive reference to the vital world of medieval Spain, this unique volume focuses on the Iberian kingdoms from the fall of the Roman Empire to the aftermath of the Reconquista. The nearly 1,000 signed A-Z entries, written by renowned specialists in the field, encompass topics of key relevance to medieval Iberia, including people, events, works, and institutions, as well as interdisciplinary coverage of literature, language, history, arts, folklore, religion, and science. Also providing in-depth discussions of the rich contributions of Muslim and Jewish cultures, and offering useful insights into their interactions with Catholic Spain, this comprehensive work is an invaluable tool for students, scholars, and general readers alike.

For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the MedievalIberia: An Encyclopediawebsite.

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Choice Review

In the process of assembly for more than a dozen years, this encyclopedia includes many articles submitted a decade ago while the final volume awaited submissions from other contributors. As a result, the timeliness of works cited in the bibliographies is uneven. That cavil aside, this is a valuable and comprehensive reference work, the eighth in a series that covers various regions and topic areas of the Middle Ages. Spanish and Portuguese topics extend in chronological coverage from 470 to 1500, offering a wide variety of political, institutional, cultural, social, literary, artistic, and architectural topics. The work stresses areas not well covered in other reference works while seeking to balance Arabic, Christian, and Jewish materials. Medieval Iberia has been an exceedingly active area of scholarly activity and research, and an effective summation of that work has been long overdue. This work, which has no competitor, provides students and scholars with a useful starting place to begin their research. Illustrations, maps, genealogies, and a good index are included. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All libraries. J. F. Powers College of the Holy Cross

Table of Contents

Entries include: Abd al-Rahman III, Caliph of C=rdoba
Alarcos, Battle of
Alfonso X, el Sabio, King of Castile, Political History
Basque Language
Byzantine Spain
Catalan Language and Literature
Ceuta, Conquest of
Columbus, Christopher
Demography, Spain, 1500
Domingo de Silos, St.
Explorations, Castilian
Fern├čndez de Heredia, Juan
Germanic Invasions
Gothic Art
Higueruela, La, Battle of
Ibn Said
Juan II, King of Arag=n
Liturgy, Mozarabic, Roman
Madeira, Archipelago
Mezquita of C=rdoba
Mudejar Art
Pelayo, Bishop of Oviedo
Philosophy, Hebraic
Religious Orders
Saint Martin of Dume
Sant Jordi, Jordi de
Santiago de Compostela
Stained Glass
Toros de Guisando, Los
Universities, Spain
Windsor, Treaty of
Wine and Wine Production
And many more
Contents are tentative and may differ in printed books