The politics of identity in Visigothic Spain: religion and power in the histories of Isidore of Seville

Wood, Jamie (2012) The politics of identity in Visigothic Spain: religion and power in the histories of Isidore of Seville. Brill's Series on the Early Middle Ages . Brill, Leiden. ISBN 9789004209909

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Abstract

Previous scholarship has interpreted Bishop Isidore of Seville (d. 636) retrospectively as the architect of the medieval Spanish church, as the father of Spanish identity, and as a key figure in the transmission of Classical and Patristic learning to the Middle Ages. Drawing on recent studies on identity formation in the early medieval period and an upsurge in interest in late antique Spain, this book examines the historical Isidore as a social actor managing a complex web of responsibilities and relationships. A comparative analysis of Isidore's historical works demonstrates that writing about the past was a method for reconciling Visigothic kings, nobles and Spanish bishops in a period of transformation. This results in a fresh portrait of Isidore as motivated, both politically and pastorally, to balance competing interests and ensure the spiritual and material security of the people of Spain.

Keywords:Medieval History, Spain, Ancient History, History Writing, Early Medieval History, Visigoths, Religion, Late Antiquity, Isidore of Seville, Medieval Church
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V224 Iberian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V330 History of Religions
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:7388
Deposited On:29 Jan 2013 17:40

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