Muslims of medieval Latin Christendom, c.1050-1614 [Brian A. Catlos, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014]

Liuzzo Scorpo, Antonella (2015) Muslims of medieval Latin Christendom, c.1050-1614 [Brian A. Catlos, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014]. History Today, 65 (9). ISSN 0018-2753

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Abstract

One of the achievements of this well-researched and exhaustive book is that it challenges some of the traditional historiographical views of interfaith relationships in 'frontier' territories. Catlos chose an intimidating title for an extremely ambitious book. The result is an intense and yet coherent reading, enriched by numerous source extracts, a comprehensive and up-to-date engagement with international historiography and a useful glossary. The first part takes the reader through a chronological narrative of the 'static diaspora' to which Muslim communities in Latin Christendom were exposed from the 11th to the 16th centuries. The second part is thematically structured and reconsiders many of the key stages discussed in part one, focusing instead on their representations and related historiographical debates, as well as on their legal, administrative, economic and social implications.
Thanks to an impressive range of archival sources proceeding mainly from Iberia (with relevant distinctions between the crowns of Castile and Leon, Aragon, Navarre and Portugal), as well as from southern Italy, Hungary, Lithuania and the Crusader States, Catlos' book examines the experiences of Muslims and mudéjares as individuals and communities, whose fortunes were not always interdependent.

Keywords:Medieval History, chronicle; inter-faith relationships, Medieval Iberia
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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Deposited On:04 Oct 2017 11:10

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