The Reconquest kings of Portugal : political and cultural reorientation on the medieval frontier / Stephen Lay
- Lay, Stephen
- Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- Physical Description:
- viii, 332 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
- 1. Portuguese Society in the Eleventh Century: Conquest, Reconquest or Convivencial -- 2. Ambition in a World of Turmoil: Count Henry (1096-1112) and Infanta Teresa (1112-1128) -- 3. The Nascent Kingdom: Consolidation and Expansion under Afonso Henriques (1128 -1148) -- 4. Papal Recognition of Portuguese Royalty (1147-1179) -- 5. Consolidation and Opportunity (1179-1211) -- 6. Shifting Priorities: Portuguese Relations with the Latin Church in the Thirteenth Century -- 7. The Science of Kingship: Institutional Innovation during the Reign of Afonso II (1211-1223) -- 8. The Final Campaign: Sancho II, Afonso III and the Completion of the Reconquest in Portugal (1223-1250) -- Conclusion: The Reconquest Kings of Portugal -- App. Portuguese Voices.
- "Between the late Tenth and the mid Thirteenth centuries Portugal emerged as an independent kingdom with borders that have remained largely unchanged until the present day. This political development took place against the backdrop of a struggle between Christendom and the Islamic world for control over the Iberian Peninsula, but also decisive in the formation of Portugal was a growing European influence being felt throughout the peninsula during these centuries. This cultural influence took the form of direct immigration, growing commercial and social networks, and the transfer of ideas and social mores. Portuguese rulers sought to mediate this European influence to their own advantage. In the twelfth century Afonso Henriques (1128-1185) was able to establish the Portuguese monarchy, but his heirs Sancho I (1185-1211), Afonso II (1211-1223) and Sancho II (1223-1245), found the balance between Iberian reality and European expectation increasingly difficult to maintain."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780230525610 (alk. paper) and 023052561X (alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-324) and index.
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