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Perceptions Of The Umayyads In Christian Spanish Chronicles

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Christian Spanish chroniclers consulted earlier Latin histories, but in several cases they must also have obtained data from Arabic sources, either written or oral. This chapter examines perceptions of the Umayyads in both Damascus and Crdoba in medieval Iberian Christian chronicles. The earliest Iberian source to discuss the Umayyads is the Arabic-Byzantine Chronicle of 741. The Chronicle of 754 is usually accorded the claim to being the earliest Spanish chronicle to mention Muslims. The second pair of sources relevant to Christian views of the Umayyads is the two chronicles from the kingdom of Asturias, the Chronicle of Alfonso III and the Chronicle of Albelda. The third and last set of texts under consideration are the three thirteenth-century Latin chronicles by the Castilian historians Lucas of Túy and Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada.

Keywords: Christian Spanish chronicles; Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada; Umayyads



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