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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: The Aristocracy in Twelfth-Century Leon and Castile Series Number 34 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: The Aristocracy in Twelfth-Century Leon and Castile Series Number 34 (Hardback)

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Hardback 386 Pages / Published: 14/08/1997
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This volume examines the nature of aristocratic society in the Spanish kingdom of Leon and Castile in the twelfth century. Drawing on an extensive range of original sources, many of them unpublished, it highlights the unrivalled wealth, status and power enjoyed by some members of the aristocracy. It also explores the multifarious roles that lay magnates were expected to fulfil: as family protectors, landlords and judges; as courtiers, diplomats and military commanders; and, not least, as patrons of the church. The nobility of Leon and Castile experienced a number of important changes during this period. There are signs that a few great families began to develop an embryonic sense of lineage. The struggle for ascendancy with al-Andalus - Muslim Spain - also enabled some magnates to acquire influence far from their traditional centres of power, and the concept of crusade made itself felt in aristocratic circles. The book's Appendices include a unique biographical study of the counts of Leon and Castile and a selection of genealogical tables.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521497275
Number of pages: 386
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
' ... a sound and thorough book'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"...an engrossing piece of social history, which...is highly suggestive regarding the process whereby an aristocratic class emerged from a disparate array of families and individuals." -- Choice
Simon Barton's The Aristocracy in Twelfth Century Leon And Castile is a welcome addition to the growing list of recent studies on the Spanish nobility during the central Middle Ages....a very interesting, balanced, and engaging treatment of his subject. Stephen Weinberg, History: Review of New Books
"This is a splendid book, destined to become the standard reference volume on the subject for the next quarter of a century." Bernard F. Reilly, Canadian Journal of History
"Simon Barton's THe Aristocracy in Twelfth Century Leon and Castile is an insightful addition to prosopographical historiography." Christin Cleaton, Medieval Prosopography
"...a groundbreaking study, informed by a deeply impressive body of research." Simon R. Doubleday, Speculum
"...a welcome addition to the small but growing shelf of books on medieval Iberian topics that can be read with profit by all medieval historians and by others interested in medieval social development." Journal of Social History

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