Spain and the Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages: Studies in Political and Intellectual History, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Spain and the Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages

Studies in Political and Intellectual History, 1st Edition

By J.N. Hillgarth


318 pages

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These papers are centered on the Crown of Aragon in the later Middle Ages, its achievements (the more remarkable given the very evident problems with which it was beset), and especially on its role in the Mediterranean. Hence the emphasis on Majorca, its leading intellectual figure, Ramon Lull (1232-1316), and his influence, and related to these the article on Thomas Aquinas. Other studies deal with the relations of Christians and Jews in Majorca, down to the Expulsion from Spain. In these papers Professor Hillgarth seeks to investigate the transmission of learning and how what is transmitted may be put to use in a new context, and also to question a number of current assumptions as to the nature of Spanish history.


'For medievalists and Hispanists alike this volume is no less a basket of delights than its author is an example to us all. So tirelessly, since sometime in the 1950s, has Jocelyn Hillgarth dedicated himself to the task that there is virtually no part of the history of the Spanish Middle Ages that can fairly be said to have escaped his attention.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Spanish historiography and Iberian reality; The problem of a Catalan Mediterranean Empire, 1229-1327; The Royal Accounts of the Crown of Aragon; Who read Thomas Aquinas?; The disputation of Majorca (1286): two new editions; Raymond Lull et l'utopie; Ramon Lull's early life: new documents; La biblioteca de La Real: Fuentes posibles de Llull; Le rayonnement de Lulle dans le royaume de Majorque, illustré par ses manuscrits et ses livres; Some notes on Lullian hermits in Majorca, saec. XIII-XVII; An unpublished Lullian sermon by Pere Deguí; Sources for the history of the Jews of Majorca; A Greek slave in Majorca in 1419-26: new documents; Mallorca como centro intelectual, 1229-1550; La cultura de las Islas Baleares en la época del descubrimiento; Mallorca e Italia: relaciones culturales durante la baja Edad Media; The reactions of Catholic intellectuals to the Jewish presence in Spain during the reign of the Catholic monarchs; Index.

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HISTORY / General