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Damian J. Smith
St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO 63103-2097)

James I of Aragon (1213-76) and His People

This major book, focused on the life and rule of James I of Aragon (1213-76), the longest reigning king of medieval history, explores the major stage of the conflict between Christians and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula known as the Reconquista, explicates lastingly important developments in law and government, and deepens our understanding of the cross-cultural interactions between Christians, Muslims and Jews, often described by the term convivencia. The basic argument of this monograph is that James’s reign was a pivotal moment in Spanish history, which saw major developments of lasting effect in government, law, kingship and cross-cultural relations, but the shape of those developments depended not upon the king alone but rather on the interaction of the king and a wide range of people whose willing complicity in supporting the aims of a centralized monarchy has to be explained.

Project fields:
Medieval History; Military History; Political History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016