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The Aristocracy in Twelfth-Century Leon and Castile : Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life & Thought; Fourth - Simon Barton

The Aristocracy in Twelfth-Century Leon and Castile

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life & Thought; Fourth

Hardcover Published: 28th September 1997
ISBN: 9780521497275
Number Of Pages: 386

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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 Drawing on an extensive range of original sources, many of them unpublished, it highlights the unrivalled wealth, status and power enjoyed by some members of the aristocracy.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.

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' ... a sound and thorough book'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Leòn and Castile in the twelfth century
Class, family and household
The lineaments of power
The nobility of the crown
A warrior aristocracy
Piety and patronage
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ISBN: 9780521497275
ISBN-10: 0521497272
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life & Thought; Fourth
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 28th September 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.74