Category Historia

On coronation and abdication: two medieval examples.

June 8, 2014 Historia  No comments

Ramiro II de León, tumbo A de la Catedral de Santiago

These days people in Spain are talking about the abdication of Juan Carlos I, and the coronation of Philip of Bourbon. There has been much talk about abdication and monarchy, but the way this institution works today has very little to do with how these things were done in the Middle Ages. So I would like to talk a little about these procedures at the time of our game.

We are going to discuss two striking cases in medieval Spain: Ramiro II’s abdication in 951, and the coronation of Ferdinand I in 1038.

Ramiro II (931-951) was a great warrior king, son of another prominent Leonese monarch, Ordoñ...

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Reconquest/Reconquista: Appropriate term? Myth?

April 18, 2014 Historia  No comments

Reconquista

The term Spanish Reconquista covers a historical period of about eight centuries. The origin of the Reconquista goes back to the existence of a Visigoth kingdom (s. V -VII) and its conquest by the Arab empire (between 711-714). Subsequent centuries until 1492 would be what has traditionally been called ‘La Reconquista’: the struggle of the Spanish Christian kingdoms, legitimate self-proclaimed heirs of Gothic Spain, to expel the invading Muslim forces and restore the ancient kingdom of the Goths, Spain.

In recent decades and particularly during the last years, many have questioned the validity...

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