What is the course about?
Religious tolerance in theory and practice in medieval Spain and the idea of “convivencia”: peaceful coexistence of the three religious groups. Starting with the Visigothic period (c 450-700), the main focus is on the period between the Muslim occupation (711) and the period of Ferdinand and Isbella (ending c. 1516).
What will we cover?
Laws relating to religious minorities in both Islamic and Christian Spain; popular attitudes; case studies; the rise of religious intolerance and examples of violence towards minority groups; the effect of social and economic change including Black Death and climate change in the 14th century; the birth of the Inquisition and events leading to the emergence of Catholic universality in the 16th century.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Critically evaluate different theories on religious coexistence and understand how and why the situation altered over the period.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lectures and class discussion, Reading lists provided but no outside work required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No, just writing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HH078 Crusade and Reconquest in Medieval Spain.