What is the course about?
The process of re-conquest, including its genesis in the 8th-10th centuries, the main period of re-conquest between c. 1050 and 1250 and the final crusade against Granada by the Catholic monarchs. It will highlight the concept of crusade, the main proponents, responses of the different Muslim emirates and the reasons for ultimate Christian victory.
What will we cover?
How Christian kingdoms re-established a presence after the fall of almost the entire Iberian peninsula to Arab and Berber armies c. 711-718; the emergence of the dominant kingdoms of Castile/León, Aragon and Navarre; how re-conquest fitted with the wider Crusading concepts; key figures of the reconquest, including the legendary El Cid, Fernando III of Castile, Jaume I of Aragon and the “Catholic Monarchs” who completed the process; the phases of Muslim resistance and response.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand how and why Muslim Spain lost territory to the Christian kingdoms, how both sides responded to events and why, ultimately, Islamic Al-Andalus was defeated.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Basic, no prior knowledge needed.
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 additional costs.
However, a pen and paper will be useful any note-taking you should like to do during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HH802The legacy of Muslim Spain.