All quiet on the western front? Royal politics in Galicia from c.800 to c.950

Portass, Robert (2013) All quiet on the western front? Royal politics in Galicia from c.800 to c.950. Early Medieval Europe, 21 (3). pp. 283-306. ISSN 0963-9462

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emed.12019

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Abstract

For complex reasons pertaining to the course of Spanish historiography throughout the twentieth century, the region of Galicia has been seen as politically peripheral to the initial stages of the Reconquista. In this article I argue that Galicia was a key marcher region in the ninth and tenth centuries, and that its magnate class, far from being marginal, was closely implicated in the rudimentary political structures of the kingdom. I propose that documents which seem to disclose little more than idealized abstractions of the political relationships between Astur-Leonese kings and Galician magnates reveal aspects of elite political practice in action.

Keywords:Socio-Political History, Iberian History
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V224 Iberian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:17550
Deposited On:29 May 2015 11:53

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