Conflict and Coexistence: Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims and Jews of Medieval Spain (History, Languages, and Cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese Worlds)

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"An outstanding contribution not only to Spanish but to European history at Pick's book is the first to clarify the unity of purpose that drove Archbishop Rodrigo, a major figure not only as a historian and controversialist, but as a churchman whose military campaigns advanced the conquest of Muslim Spain and shifted the whole balance of power in the Iberian Hillgarth, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto"By focusing on the diversified activities of the talented mid-thirteenth-century archbishop of Toledo, Lucy Pick brilliantly illuminates the complex relations between the Christian conquerors of Spain and the conquered Muslim and Jewish Students of medieval Spain, of the medieval Roman Catholic Church, of medieval Muslims and Islam, and of medieval Jews and Judaism will benefit from this excellent Chazan, New York Conflict and Coexistence, Lucy Pick sets out to explain how Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived alongside one another in medieval By examining the life and works of Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada, the Archbishop of Toledo (1209-47), Pick explains that the perceived threat of the non-Christian presence was managed through the subordination of Muslims and stood at the center of a transformative period of history in the Iberian During his long and varied career as archbishop, he acted as scholar, warrior, builder, and political The wave of victories he helped initiate were instrumental in turning back the tide of Muslim attacks on Christian Spain and restarting the process of Christian territorial However, Toledo was still a multiethnic city in which Christians lived side by side with Jews and As archbishop, he was faced with the considerable challenge of maintaining peace and prosperity in a city where religious passions and intolerance were a constant threat to work seeks to examine Rodrigo's relations with the Muslims and Jews of his community both as he idealized them on paper and as he worked through them in real Though Rodrigo wrote an anti-Jewish polemic, and set out to conquer Muslim-held lands, he also used scholarly patronage and literary creation to combat internal and external, Christian and non-Christian threats His intended and actual consequences of these varied techniques were to allow Christians, Muslims, and Jews to live together under Christian Rodrigo was bound by

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