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The Reconquest Kings of Portugal

Political and Cultural Reorientation on the Medieval Frontier

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About this book


Examines the political development of Portugal between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. Taking place amid the struggle between Christendom and the Islamic world for control over the Iberian Peninsula, the formation of Portugal also depended on the growing European influence felt throughout the peninsula during these centuries.


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About the authors

STEPHEN LAY has been Lecturer in History at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and later Executive Officer of the Monash University London Centre. He is currently Graduate Studies Assistant at the University of Oxford, and has published several journal articles. His essay 'The Interpretation of the Magna Charta' received the Romanzi award and was published as a monograph in 2004.

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"The study addresses the major historical debates regarding Portugal as well as the peninsula at large, includes a fine bibliography, and provides an updated, utilitarian overview of an important medieval monarchy." - CHOICE

"[This book] helps to fill a noticeable gap in English-language historiography." - Speculum