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Vita Sancti Isidori

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The Vita presents Isidore as the successor of St James in the Iberian peninsula, portraying him as one of the main opponents of Arianism and highlighting his relationship with Pope Gregory the Great. This chapter presents a short description of the work Vita Sancti Isidori, 'Life of St Isidore' on Christian-Muslim relations. The Vita Sancti Isidori is an important stage in a process that was taking place in the same period, in which Isidore is transformed into a staunch adversary of Islam. Thus, the Historia translationis Sancti Isidori , written in Leon at the same time as the Vita, represents Isidore as a quasi-military saint who, on the eve of the taking of Baeza by the Christians in 1147, appears to King Alfonso VII to explain that he is the successor of St James in the peninsula.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim relations; Vita Sancti Isidori



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