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Past and Present in Medieval Spain

1st Edition

By Peter Linehan


360 pages

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Hardback: 9780860783411
pub: 1992-12-17

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The studies included in this selection - the opening two being published for the first time - are concerned with various aspects of the history of Christian Spain between the 6th century and the 14th. A recurrent theme is that of the invention of the past: of the manner in which, for reasons which have seemed good to them, at different times and places, from Toledo in the 1240s to Cambridge in the 1920s, men have sought to appropriate and recolonise that past. Three more technical articles on the subject of 13th-century papal diplomatic in a Spanish setting illustrate the related activity of the invention of the future as reflected in the activity of the agents or proctors and others whose services were retained in order to ensure that it was their employer's particular view of the present that prevailed. Les études comprises dans cette sélection, dont deux paraissent ici pour la première fois, traitent des différents aspects de l’histoire de l’Espagne chrétienne entre le 6e et le 14e siècle. Un thème fréquent est celui de l’invention du passé: la façon dont à différentes époques et à différents endroits, de Tolède en 1240 à Cambridge en 1920, et pour des raisons qui lui semblent être les bonnes, l’être humain s’est efforcé de s’approprier et de reconquérir le passé. Trois articles d’ordre plus techniques sur la diplomatique papale au 13e siècle dans un cadre espagnol, illustrent l’activité attenante qu’était l’invention de l’avenir, telle qu’elle se traduisait au travers de l’action d’agents, de fondés de pouvoir et autres, dont les services étaient requis afin que la vision du présent de leurs employeurs prévale.


'This collection…serves as a useful introduction to the Castilian Church of the High Middle Ages as well as to some major historiographical problems in contemporary Spanish medieval studies. For these reasons it can be highly recommended.' The Catholic Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: History in a changing world: the case of medieval Spain; Past and present: the posthumous history of the Third Council of Toledo; Ecclesiastics and the Cortes of Castile and León; The Toledo forgeries c.1150-c.1300; Santo Martino and the context of sanctity in 13th-century León; Documento español sobre la Quinta Cruzada; Proctors representing Spanish interests at the papal court, 1216-1303; Spanish litigants and their agents at the 13th-century papal curia; Two unsealed papal originals in Spanish archives; The accession of Alfonso X (1252) and the origins of the War of the Spanish Succession; The Church, the economy and the Reconquista in early 14th-century Castile; The beginnings of S. Maria de Guadalupe and the direction of 14th-century Castile; A 14th-century history of Anglo-Scottish relations in a Spanish manuscript; The making of the Cambridge Medieval History; Addenda and corrigenda; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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