Monday, February 24, 2014

New military history research: The 1212 Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa

The Journal of Medieval History presents a study by Jonathon Ray on the social effects of the Iberian reconquista in 1212 on Iberian Jews.  Ray finds that Jewish life changed very little after the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa and during the transition from Muslim to Christian rule.  But the greater transition occurred with the mixture of Arabised Jews of Andalusi and Latinized Jews of Northern Europe.

While not quite a military history article, it does feed my interest in the cultural changes that occurred when the rule of Iberia passed from Muslim to Christian hands.

1863 - The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa by Francisco de Paula Van Halen

1892-1894 - Alfonso IX de Leon by Jose Maria Rodriguez de Losada

Alfonso IX of Leon was cousin to Alfonso VIII of Castile who had taken some of his lands.  Alfonso IX allied himself with the Almohad Muslims to get his lands back.  Alfonso's lands were put under papal control and he was forced to marry Alfonso VIII's daughter.  He still refused to join Alfonso VIII against the Almohad's at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa.  

A highly recommended scholarly study of the Crusades in Spain.

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