Spain's Centuries of Crisis1300 - 1474
A History of Spain 1. Aufl.
A comprehensive history that focuses on the crises of Spain in the late middle ages and the early transformations that underpinned the later successes of the Catholic Monarchs. Illuminates Spain's history from the early fourteenth century to the union of the Crowns of Castile and Aragon in 1474 Examines the challenges and reforms of the social, economic, political, and cultural structures of the country Looks at the early transformations that readied Spain for the future opportunities and challenges of the early modern Age of Discovery Includes a helpful bibliography to direct the reader toward further study
Preface and Acknowledgments. Map 1. Spain in the late fifteenth century. Map 2. The Crown of Aragon and the Western Mediterranean in the late Middle Ages. 1. At the Dawn of a New Century: The Spains around 1300. 2. Medieval Spain in the Late Middle Ages: Society and Economy. 3. The Answers of Politics: Spain, 1300-1350. 4. Toward Trastámara Spain, 1350-1412. 5. Spain in the Fifteenth Century: Toward the Rule of the Catholic Monarchs, 1412-1469. 6. The Sinews of Power: Administration, Politics, and Display. 7. Muslims, Jews, and Christians in a Century of Crisis. 8. Culture and Society in an Age of Crisis. 9. Epilogue. Notes. Bibliographical Essay. Index.
“The major accomplishment of this book, in addition to guiding the reader through the dangerous thickets of political and social upheaval, is the delineation of the factors that preserved the monarchy and expanded its potential sway.” (English Historical Review, February 2009) “The major accomplishment of this book, in addition to guiding the reader through the dangerous thickets of political and social upheaval, is the delineation of the factors that preserved the monarchy and expanded its potential sway.” (English Historical Review, February 2009) "A comprehensive history of the political development...during a period of...crisis.... Bridges the gap between the central Middle Ages and the Renaissance." (Speculum)
Teofilo F. Ruiz is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include Crisis and Continuity: Land and Town in Late Medieval Castile (1994) and Spanish Society 1400-1600 (2002) and From Heaven to Earth. The Reordering of Castilian Society, 1150-1350 (2004).
This book is a comprehensive history of Spain from the turn of the fourteenth century to the union of the Crowns of Castile and Aragon in 1474. In the early 1300s instabilities threatened to undermine Spain's basic social, economic, political, and cultural structures. This text focuses on the crises of Spain in the late middle ages, ranging from plague and famine to violence and civil war. It considers the early transformations that underpinned the country’s later successes and describes resolutions to the country’s hardships brought about by the reforms of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, in the late 1470s. The book examines the administrative changes and cultural revival that readied Spain for the opportunities and challenges of the oncoming early modern Age of Discovery.
"Plagues, crusades, civil wars and fratricidal princes: there is no better introduction to the chaotic political and cultural history of fourteenth and fifteenth century Spain than this vivid volume by a magisterial scholar, master teacher, and dean of Spanish historians." –David Nirenberg,The University of Chicago
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