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Between the see's re-foundation and the death of Rodrigo Cascante, Bishop of Calahorra, on March 17, 1190, the bishopric experienced tremendous transformations as it laid and extended its institutional foundations in a process from which it emerged an emphatically secular, territorial, and hierarchical institution. This process involved the gradual, and frequently problematic, establishment of geographical diocesan boundaries that were entirely uncharted at the beginning of the period. This introductory chapter of the book examines the hypothesis that the location of the Bishopric of Calahorra on a succession of extremely volatile political frontiers was in fact the defining characteristic of the diocese and its development between 1045 and 1190. It also examines the Calahorra's development over a relatively long period in the context of a frontier zone with an exceptionally complex political history, and it has therefore been organized chronologically in the interests of both clarity and cohesion.

Keywords:Calahorra; frontier zone; Rodrigo Cascante



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