Conflict and Coexistence: Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims by Lucy K. Pick

By Lucy K. Pick

"An striking contribution not just to Spanish yet to ecu historical past at huge. Pick's ebook is the 1st to explain the cohesion of goal that drove Archbishop Rodrigo, a tremendous determine not just as a historian and controversialist, yet as a churchman whose army campaigns complex the conquest of Muslim Spain and shifted the entire stability of energy within the Iberian peninsula."---J. N. Hillgarth, Professor Emeritus, collage of Toronto"By concentrating on the various actions of the gifted mid-thirteenth-century archbishop of Toledo, Lucy decide brilliantly illuminates the advanced kinfolk among the Christian conquerors of Spain and the conquered Muslim and Jewish populations. scholars of medieval Spain, of the medieval Roman Catholic Church, of medieval Muslims and Islam, and of medieval Jews and Judaism will take advantage of this glorious study."---Robert Chazan, ny University.In clash and Coexistence, Lucy decide units out to provide an explanation for how Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived along each other in medieval Spain. via analyzing the existence and works of Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada, the Archbishop of Toledo (1209-47), decide explains that the perceived hazard of the non-Christian presence was once controlled in the course of the subordination of Muslims and Jews.Rodrigo stood on the heart of a transformative interval of background within the Iberian peninsula. in the course of his lengthy and sundry occupation as archbishop, he acted as pupil, warrior, builder, and political chief. The wave of victories he helped start up have been instrumental in turning again the tide of Muslim assaults on Christian Spain and restarting the method of Christian territorial conquest. although, Toledo used to be nonetheless a multiethnic urban within which Christians lived aspect through aspect with Jews and Muslims. As archbishop, he was once confronted with the massive problem of retaining peace and prosperity in a urban the place spiritual passions and intolerance have been a continuing risk to stability.This paintings seeks to check Rodrigo's family members with the Muslims and Jews of his group either as he idealized them on paper and as he labored via them in genuine existence. notwithstanding Rodrigo wrote an anti-Jewish polemic, and got down to overcome Muslim-held lands, he extensively utilized scholarly patronage and literary production to strive against inner and exterior, Christian and non-Christian threats alike. His meant and genuine outcomes of those diverse recommendations have been to permit Christians, Muslims, and Jews to dwell jointly below Christian authority. Rodrigo used to be certain by way of sensible necessity to discover a method of accommodating those teams that used to be either powerful and theologically passable. all through this influential paintings, decide examines a number of the features of Rodrigo's lifestyles and occupation that ended in his rules and the implications that his paintings and ideology led to in medieval Spain.This e-book might be of curiosity to an individual who experiences the heritage, faith, and literature of medieval Spain, to these drawn to the transmission of studying from the Muslim to the Christian global, and to those that research highbrow lifestyles and improvement in medieval Europe.

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In the remainder of this book, I investigate some of the seemingly paradoxical stances toward Jews and Muslims, Judaism and Islam, that I have introduced here. Using the career of Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada, I dissolve these paradoxes by suggesting that scholarly cooperation should be seen as part of the same program as crusade, conquest, and coloniza­ tion and that in Rodrigo's case all were underpinned by a belief in the originary divine unity of all creation, a return to which Christians could help foster by assimilating foreign peoples and bits of learning.

IV, p. I O I 4 . Likewise, Polish and Balkan sources begin to use the word in the fourteenth century to describe borders with pagans and Turks: Lexicon Latinitatis Medii A evi Iugoslaviae, ed. Marko Kostrencic, 3 vols. (Zagreb, I 9 7 3 - 7 8 ) , I: 4 8 7; Slownik Laciny Sredniowiecznej w Polsce, 7 vols. (Wroclaw, I 9 5 3 - 9 2 ) , 4 : col. 3 9 4 · CONFLICT AND COEXISTENCE Chronicon mundi ( World Chronicle) of Lucas, bishop of Tuy, the Cr6nica latina de los reyes de Castilla (Latin Chronicle of the Kings of Cas­ tile), most convincingly ascribed to the bishop and chancellor Juan of Osma, and Rodrigo's own De rebus Hispanie, begin the regular use of the word frontaria and its variants.

The central argument of the Dialogus, that Jews disagree about their own beliefs, is mirrored in the closing passage of the Auto, a passage that has proved resistant to interpretation by scholars, in which the Jews argue about the meaning of Scripture. Echoes of the preoccupations of the Auto can likewise be Introduction 19 found in Rodrigo's De rebus Hispanic. I contend that the Auto repre­ sents a text intended to be performed publicly to convey to a Castilian­ speaking audience the defence of Christianity found in the Latin, schol­ arly Dialogus.

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