Possessing the Land

Aragon's Expansion into Islam's Ebro Frontier under Alfonso the Battler (1104-1134)
Brill (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 1. September 1995
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • XVI, 340 Seiten
978-90-04-10367-2 (ISBN)
Scholars interested in medieval frontier societies, the Crusades, medieval Iberia, Aragon, medieval peasant and agrarian history, and Muslims in the Latin West.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • mit Schutzumschlag
1 Kte
  • Höhe: 242 mm
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  • Breite: 166 mm
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  • Dicke: 28 mm
  • 771 gr
978-90-04-10367-2 (9789004103672)
9004103678 (9004103678)
Clay Stalls, Ph.D. (1991) in History, University of California, Los Angeles, is currently a lecturer in the UCLA Department of History. He is the author of numerous articles on Muslim/Christian relations in medieval Iberia and on medieval Iberian social history.
I. The Geography and History of Alfonso's Ebro Conquests 1
II. Possessing the Land: The King as Agent and Governor of Settlement 59
III. The Nobility of the Ebro 115
IV. Non-Noble and Non-Royal Settlement of the Ebro 157
V. The Church of the Ebro Frontier 224
VI. The Dilemma of Conquered Muslims Under Christian Rule: The Aragonese Solution 279
Conclusion 316

Bibliography 321
Index 333
'...a valuable work for upper-division undergraduates and above. Strongly recommended.'
J.F. Powers, Choice, 1997.
'...einer Fulle von soliden Einzelergebnissen sowie faktischen Klarungen, die die grossen politischen Linien auf der Iberischen Halbinsel in dieser Epoche deutlicher hervortreten lassen...'
Ludwig Vones, Deutsches Archiv fur Erforschung des Mittelalters, 1998.
'Possessing the Land' is the first comprehensive treatment of Christian Aragon's expansion under Alfonso I (1104-1134) into a major arena of medieval Christian/Islamic contact: the Islamic Ebro River march of Aragon. Based on an extensive examination of primary and secondary sources, the book's insights into the social and political processes of Christian settlement and the fate of post-conquest Islam are of particular importance. Its conclusions that the freeholding of land characterized the Ebro's Christian settlement, and not heavy seignorialization, and that Christian settlement relied on the Muslim infrastructure, challenge significantly the neo-Marxist thesis of the "feudalization" of twelfth-century Christian Iberian society and the corresponding Christian break with Iberia's Islamic Past. This book constitutes a fundamental work in Iberian frontier studies.

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