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Early Medieval Spain
In Spain the 1980s and 1990s have seen a dramatic revival of regional aspirations towards greater self-expression and increased political autonomy, following a period of rigid centralisation of government in Madrid and the attempted imposition of cultural uniformity. This tension between the ethnic and cultural diversity of the different regions of the Iberian peninsula an ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 15th 1995 by Palgrave Macmillan
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As obvious as this sounds the scarcity of sources or chronicles from certain periods of history affects how a history is told. Alas the Visigoths who replaced the Romans and hopped themselves into Iberia are one of those actors in history who are victims of this. Still, Collins makes a very good attempt at filling in gaps and the narrative is largely kept with gloriously alien Gothic German names of Visigothic rulers, my favorites being example king Recceswinth (649–672) and king Wamba (672–680 ...more
I used this book as a bridge between the others in the series, and it worked fairly well in that capacity. Collins does a very good job of laying out the fundamental continuities among different eras of Spanish history. Collins ably argues that regional particularism has always been one of the defining characteristics of Spain, whether we're talking about the pre-Roman, medieval, or modern eras.
Fantastic and very well written book on early Spain. Very accessible and does a particularly good job of providing insight into Visigothic Spain. Makes you wonder what path Iberia would have followed if they hadn't been overrun by the Muslim conquest. For those interested in history, Spain, or the medieval period, a strong recommendation.
Roger J. H. Collins (born 1949) is an English medievalist, currently an honorary fellow in history at the University of Edinburgh.More about Roger Collins...