HIST 336

Medieval Spain: Convivencia, Conflict, or Coexistence?

Medieval Spain carries a certain mystique in the modern imagination. Pictured either as a land of convivencia where Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived in harmony or as a landscape torn by religious strife epitomized in the Spanish Inquisition, the Iberian Peninsula presents historians with the unique opportunity to explore how these three peoples managed to coexist for centuries. While students discover that the communities were never entirely at peace with one another and in fact were often in open conflict, they also explore how members of these communities lived together, coexisting in communities of three faiths. This course begins with the rise of Visigothic Spain (sixth-eighth centuries) and ends with the Jewish and Muslim expulsions in the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries.