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Publisher's Summary

Drawing from both Christian and Islamic sources, Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain demonstrates that the clash of arms between Christians and Muslims in the Iberian peninsula that began in the early eighth century was transformed into a crusade by the papacy during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
Successive popes accorded to Christian warriors willing to participate in the peninsular wars against Islam the same crusading benefits offered to those going to the Holy Land. Joseph F. O'Callaghan clearly demonstrates that any study of the history of the crusades must take a broader view of the Mediterranean to include medieval Spain.
Following a chronological overview of crusading in the Iberian peninsula from the late eleventh to the middle of the thirteenth century, O'Callaghan proceeds to the study of warfare, military finance, and the liturgy of reconquest and crusading. He concludes his book with a consideration of the later stages of reconquest and crusade up to and including the fall of Granada in 1492, while noting that the spiritual benefits of crusading bulls were still offered to the Spanish until the Second Vatican Council of 1963.
Although the conflict described in this book occurred more than eight hundred years ago, recent events remind the world that the intensity of belief, rhetoric, and action that gave birth to crusade, holy war, and jihad remains a powerful force in the twenty-first century.
The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press.
©2003 University of Pennsylvania Press (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A masterful synthesis of work done in both crusade and reconquest history." ( Historian)
"This is a welcome book. It explains the development of crusading in almost all of its aspects in medieval Iberia as well as situates the Iberian crusades within the context of those to the Holy Land." ( Medieval Review)
"A survey of royal military activity in Spain from the late 11th through the mid-13th centuries... Highly recommended." ( Choice)
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3 out of 5 stars
By BRYAN ROZMAN on 11-19-15


Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I certainly would recommend reading the book. An insightful and interesting foray into the mechanics of Iberian statecraft in the middle ages.

How could the performance have been better?

Tim Lundeen was a bad choice to read this book. Firstly, the mispronunciation of almost every town, village and hamlet in Spain was excruciating and intrusive to the listening experience. Second, his delivery resembled a machine translation much like my car's navigation software with little or no sympathy for nuance in the writing. I'm not saying that you should get Tony Flags (Antonio Banderas) to read a dense history tome, just find someone who knows simple pronunciation and orthography rules. I would liken the 10 or so hours I spent with Tim to how I imagine it would be listening to Don Quixote, narrated by Wilford Brimley.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By David on 08-03-15

Thorough academic work low entertainment value.

The script and performance are boring. The substance is thorough and of very high content but about as dry as the Sahara desert. The reading sounds computer generated. If it is computer generated the technique might be profitably employed for obscure publications at a discount price.

Now I know this reading was computer generated. "The Counsel of Lion?" You know, pronounced as: The Counsel of Large Cat!

It is pronounced: lee OWN
not lie on

Oh well. I

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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