Crusade and Reconquest in Medieval Spain

Course Dates: 14/02/23 - 07/03/23
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
Through interactive lectures and discussions Investigate the ideologies, events and motivations as Christian kingdoms conquered the territories of Muslim Al-Andalus, culminating in the fall of Granada in 1492 and the end of Islamic Spain. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
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Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00

Course Code: HEH78

Tue, day, 14 Feb - 07 Mar '23

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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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?

Other courses in European and World history. Please see the City Lit website.

Michael Schraer

Mike has specialised in researching and teaching Spanish history for the past eight years, teaching at City Lit for the past two. His interest stems from a passion for history in general and Castile and Catalonia in particular, their language and culture, the fascinating role they have played in wider European history and the many lessons this study can teach us about the issues we face today. He earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge, specialising in the role of real estate in the economy of the medieval crown of Aragon and critiquing the idea of medieval Jews as predominantly financiers. He has a number of publications, most recently a book entitled 'A Stake in the Ground - Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon' (Brill, 2019). He actively researches and writes in the fields of Christian, Muslim and Jewish relations in medieval Spain, the causes and effects of the Inquisition and the demise of reigious tolerance.

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