Defending Byzantine Spain: frontiers and diplomacy

Wood, Jamie (2010) Defending Byzantine Spain: frontiers and diplomacy. Early Medieval Europe, 18 (3). pp. 292-319. ISSN 0963-9462

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Abstract

The centrality of the Reconquista in the historiography of medieval Spain has meant that there has been little examination of the evidence for interaction on and across political boundaries in pre-Islamic Spain. This article re-examines existing theories about the defence of the Byzantine province of Spania that had been established by Justinian in the 550s and was taken by the Visigoths
in 625. The two existing and opposing models for the extent, defence, and – therefore – the importance of the province to the empire do not explain the evidence convincingly. Rather, a fluid zone of interaction was established in which diplomacy and ‘propaganda’ was the primary means by which opposition was articulated.

Keywords:Medieval History, Spain, Military Science, Early Medieval History, Late Antiquity, Visigoths, Frontier Studies, Byzantine Studies, Ancient History
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V120 Byzantine History
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:7387
Deposited On:29 Jan 2013 17:30

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