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Writing across the frontier

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The chapter of the story of the frame tale in medieval Iberia is about a man who lived his life on the Andalusī-Christian Iberian frontier. Petrus Alfonsi, born in one of the cities of al-Andalus toward the close of the eleventh century, was raised and grew to adulthood as an Andalusī. This chapter focuses on the two for which he is best known, the Disciplina Clericalis, and the Dialogus Contra Judaeos. Petrus Alfonsi writes his rational yet highly personal response to his experience as a convert to Christianity in colonial Aragon into the Dialogus and the DC. Medieval Christianity's relationship with Judaism was dynamic and emergent, but nearly always conflictive. Medieval Christian doctrine is inconsistent regarding the position of Jews within Christian society. The role of Jews and conversos as intermediaries in medieval Iberian frontier culture is familiar to students of medieval and early modern Spanish literature.

Keywords: Andalusi Jew; Dialogus Contra Judaeos; Disciplina Clericalis; early modern Spanish literature; Judaism; medieval Christian doctrine; medieval Iberia frontier; Petrus Alfonsi



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