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).
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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
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?
Other courses in Spanish and European history. Please see the City Lit website.