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Islam And The West: A View From Twelfth-Century León

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Richard Fletcher once trenchantly described the twelfth-century kingdom of León as a ?historiographical desert?. This chapter focuses on Chronica Adefonsi Imperatoris, a panegyric in prose and verse dedicated principally to the deeds of the king-emperor Alfonso VII of León, from his accession to the throne down to the eve of the conquest of the wealthy port city of Almería by a multinational expeditionary force in October 1147. The Chronica furnishes the principal account of the political and military affairs of the Leonese monarchy during this period, yet it is equally important for providing what is without doubt one of the most vivid and well-informed depictions of the contemporary Muslim world to have survived from anywhere in the medieval Latin West.

Keywords: Chronica Adefonsi Imperatoris; Islam; León; Richard Fletcher; twelfth-century



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