These studies, written over a period of nearly thirty years, deal with two major themes: the reign of Alfonso X el Sabio (1252-84), and the development of the cortes of Castile-LeÃ³n, a characteristic example of the emergence of European representative parliamentary institutions. An introductory study on the integration of medieval Spain into western Europe in the late 11th century is followed by studies of Alfonso X’s overall achievement, his innovations in the law and taxation, his relations with the church and the nobility, and the importance of the Cantigas de Santa Maria as an historical source for his reign. Seven other studies trace the origins and mature growth of the cortes from the late 12th century to the middle of the 14th, with particular attention to the documentary history of the institution.
Table of Contents
Contents: The integration of Christian Spain into Europe: the role of Alfonso VI of LeÃ³n-Castile; Image and reality: the king creates his kingdom; On the promulgation of the Espéculo and the Fuero Real; The Cortes and royal taxation during the reign of Alfonso X of Castile; Paths to ruin: the economic and financial policies of Alfonso the Learned; Alfonso X and the Castilian Church; Kings and lords in conflict in late 13th-century Castile and AragÃ³n; The Cantigas de Santa Maria as an historical source: two examples; The beginnings of the Cortes of LeÃ³n-Castile; Una nota sobre las llamadas Cortes de Benavente; Las Cortes de Castilla y LeÃ³n (1230-1350); The ecclesiastical estate in the Cortes of LeÃ³n Castile,1252-1350; Las Cortes de Fernando IV: cuadernos inéditos de Valladolid 1300 y Burgos 1308; CatÃ¡logo de los cuadernos de las Cortes de Castilla y LeÃ³n 1252-1348; Las Cortes de Valladolid-Tordesillas de 1401: una carta de los Procuradores de Burgos; Index.
'No historian has better captured the spirit of the Alfonsine age than has Joseph F. O'Callaghan...This collection of essays...will be welcomed by both medievalists and generalists alike...The deep historical erudition embedded in the extremely accessible style of these works marks O'Callaghan as one of the great historians of the Iberian Middle Ages in the twentieth century.' Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, no. 3, July 2000