Rethinking Battle Commemoration: Female Letters and the Myth of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212)

Waag, Anais (2019) Rethinking Battle Commemoration: Female Letters and the Myth of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212). Journal of Medieval History, 45 (4). pp. 457-480. ISSN 1304-4184

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/03044181.2019.1633388

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This article re-examines epistolary accounts by Berenguela and Blanche of Castile of the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. Building on previous assertions that Berenguela’s letter is a forgery, and through close comparison with the three surviving male eyewitness battle accounts, this article argues the letters of Berenguela and Blanche – in the form in which they survive – are confections based on original letters. The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa’s mythical status and standing as a watershed event within the narrative of Gran Reconquista is understood to have been largely shaped by three male-authored chronicle accounts: Chronica Latina regum Castelle (1239), Chronicon mundi (1239) and De rebus Hispaniae (1243). In asserting these letters are confected accounts, in circulation by the 1220s, this article argues that battle commemoration began in the immediate aftermath of the Christian victory, and that female voices were recognised by contemporaries as a viable tool for commemoration.

Keywords:Iberian Peninsula, Medieval diplomatic, Memory, Letters, Women
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:13 Oct 2021 13:04

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