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Author Barton, Simon, 1962-2017, author.

Title The aristocracy in twelfth-century León and Castile / Simon Barton
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1997]


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 366 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought ; 4th ser., 34
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought ; 4th ser., 34.
Contents 1. Leon and Castile in the Twentieth Century -- 2. Class, Family and Household -- 3. The Lineaments of Power -- 4. The Nobility and the Crown -- 5. A Warrior Aristocracy -- 6. Piety and Patronage -- App. 1. The counts of twelfth-century Leon and Castile -- App. 2. Select genealogies -- App. 3. Select charters
Summary This volume examines the nature of aristocratic society in the Spanish kingdom of León and Castile in the twelfth century. Drawing on an extensive range of original sources, many of them unpublished, it highlights the unrivalled wealth, status and power enjoyed by some members of the aristocracy. It also explores the multifarious roles that lay magnates were expected to fulfil: as family protectors, landlords and judges; as courtiers, diplomats and military commanders; and, not least, as patrons of the church. The nobility of León and Castile experienced a number of important changes during this period. There are signs that a few great families began to develop an embryonic sense of lineage. The struggle for ascendancy with al-Andalus - Muslim Spain - also enabled some magnates to acquire influence far from their traditional centres of power, and the concept of crusade made itself felt in aristocratic circles. The book's Appendices include a unique biographical study of the counts of León and Castile and a selection of genealogical tables
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
In Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought no:4th ser., 33
Subject Aristocracy (Social class) -- Spain -- Leon (Kingdom) -- History
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Spain -- Castile -- History
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Twelfth century.
Aristocracy (Social class)
Social history -- Medieval.
Twelfth century.
Leon (Kingdom)
Spain -- Castile.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 96044325
ISBN 0521497272