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Historia Silense

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This chapter presents the work Historia Silense, 'The history of Silos' on Christian-Muslim relations. The Latin chronicle incorrectly entitled Historia Silense is one of the most important chronicles of 12th-century Spain. Attributed to an anonymous monk, it certainly does not originate from Silos (Castile), but rather from León or Sahagún. The elements that relate to Christian-Muslim relations are numerous. However, here only those that seem to be attested to by the author of the Silense are discussed, excluding the Chronicle of Alfonso III and the Chronicle of Sampiro. The Historia Silense occupies a very particular position in the forging of images of Muslims and of the Reconquista among the Christians of Spain. It borrows elements and passages from chronicles of the early Middle Ages and reinforces the image of the good warrior sovereign, re-conqueror and restorer of the Christian religion.

Keywords: Christian-muslim relations; historia Silense



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