Cross, Crescent and Conversion: Studies on Medieval Spain by Simon Barton

By Simon Barton

This quantity is meant as a commemoration of the occupation of Richard Fletcher and his awesome contribution to our figuring out of the medieval international. The seventeen papers integrated right here, written by way of the various prime students of this era, replicate the 3 major parts of Fletcher's scholarly endeavours: Church and society in medieval Spain; Christian-Muslim family members, either within the Iberian peninsula and additional afield;

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D. (London, 1997), chapters 1 to 4. 18 roger collins and judith mcclure practicalities of establishing an ecclesiastical organization and the nature of what conversion actually meant to those who embraced it. 3 All too often they just reflect the views of later generations of those who saw themselves or their community as the heirs of the converters, and had an active interest in promoting claims to status and authority on the basis of such a relationship. 4 But there are two things that need to be noticed.

68 By contrast, in the diplomatic exchanges with the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the time of Charlemagne no mention was made of any claims to authority over them or to a time when Frankish power, in theory or practice, extended north of the Channel. 69 Ultimately, this question of supposed Frankish overlordship remains at best ambiguous. If the Merovingians did claim it, the surprising thing is that by comparison with their treatment of other neighbours they did so in a 66 Thompson, “Procopius on Brittia,” pp.

To have predetermined their precise itinerary in Rome, and issued a limited number of letters addressed to only those bishops on one particular route, would have been unwise. If this be accepted, then many more such letters would have been prepared, of which only a representative selection were entered into the letter book for that indictional year. 48 As these two cities are hundreds of miles apart, the pairing of the two bishops in this letter is hard to explain. Even if for some reason they were briefly together, this could hardly have been predicted when the letter was drafted back in Rome, or assumed to be going to last for long.

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