By Roger Collins
The recent version of this authoritative account of the historical past of Spain within the Early heart a long time is a considerably revised and corrected model of the unique, first released in 1983. The textual content has been completely checked and changed to take account of ancient and archaeological learn at the topic over the past decade. in addition to brief sections of latest textual content inserted all through, the significant bankruptcy at the Arab conquest and its aftermath has been solely rewritten and enlarged. a wholly new bibliographical essay has been extra, masking the nation of scholarship as much as 1994. The genealogies and lists of rulers were corrected to carry them into line with the newest perspectives, and a brand new preface has been written to explain the adjustments within the instructions of analysis in Spain and past within the interval because the book of the 1st version.
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After passing the winter at Merida, seat of the last Suevic 24 EARLY MEDIEVAL SPAIN kings, he returned to Gaul to pursue affairs there, mainly in the interests of Ricimer. He left those parts of Spain over which he had secured some hold, that is Baetica, southern Lusitania and Carthaginiensis, to the care of various military commanders. 25 No settlement of Goths in the peninsula seems to have occurred at this point. In 466 Theoderic II was murdered by his brother Euric, who replaced him as king (466-484).
This idea could be strengthened by reference to the Law of Gundobad, contemporary with Euric's Code, where such a purpose does seem to be at least one of the specific aims of the royallegislator. 38 There is, however, another school of thought that takes a completely different starting point. This is the view that the essence of Euric's Code and other similar law books lies not in Germanic custom, but in late Roman vulgar law. 39 By this is meant a kind of common law that regulated the mundane workings of society, and was quite different in character and subject-matter from the statute law of the imperial edicts and rescripts.
The immediate lack of resistance to the usurper in Spain proved, however, to be short-lived. The legitimate imperial dynasty, the Theodosians, represented at that time in the west by the emperor Honorius (395-423), was Spanish in origin, and members of the family still lived in the peninsula. Two brothers, cousins of Honorius, determined to oppose Constantine and, raising an army from the slaves on their estates, they attempted to seize the passes over the Pyrenees, cutting Spain off from the rest of the usurper's empire.