Skip Navigation Links
Cursor Mundi (CURSOR 23)
I. Shoval
King John's Delegation to the Almohad Court (1212)
Medieval Interreligious Interactions and Modern Historiography

Add to basket ->
XVIII+215 p., 4 maps, 156 x 234 mm, 2016
ISBN: 978-2-503-55577-5
Languages: English
HardbackHardback
The publication is available.The publication is available.
Retail price: EUR 75,00 excl. tax
How to order?
Online content: http://www.brepolsonline.net/action/showBook?doi=10.1484/M.CURSOR-EB.5.107409
A study of medieval interreligious interactions as manifested in Matthew Paris's story of an English delegation to the Almohads.

Is Matthew Paris’s story of an English diplomatic delegation, sent by King John to the caliph of Morocco in the summer of 1212, nothing more than fiction, or does it report actual historical events? Did King John really offer to subjugate his kingdom to the Muslim caliph and did he consider converting to Islam? Was one of John’s diplomats genuinely a converted Jew with whom the Muslim ruler conversed about theological issues? And how may a new reading of this medieval chronicle in its appropriate historical context contribute to our understanding of the professionalization of diplomatic practice, the emergence of European bureaucratic kingship, Christian–Muslim political interaction, interreligious polemic, and conversion? In this book, these questions are explored as part of the first full-scale study of Matthew Paris’s report. The volume proposes an entirely new interpretation of the text and portrays a multifaceted and inherently complex picture of the interactions between Christians, Muslims, and Jews around 1200 that draws on law, politics, statecraft, history, culture, and religion. This study also prompts a re-evaluation of the delegation story as a ‘test case’ for John’s measures during his reign. Matthew’s text is examined in its historical context of Christian–Muslim encounters on the frontier in order to advance our understanding of a crucial era of political and diplomatic transformation.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Acknowledgements

Maps

Introduction

Chapter 1. An Annotated Text of the Delegation Story and its Historiography

Chapter 2. History, Autobiography, and Theology in the Delegation Story

Chapter 3. The Political-Military Background: Navarre, the Almohads, and England

Chapter 4. Angevins on the Borders of Iberia: Wars, Coalitions, and Feudal law

Chapter 5. From the ‘King John Question’ to Governance: Politics and Diplomacy in an Era of Transformation

Epilogue

Appendix

Bibliography

Index

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Mission, conversion & baptism
Judaism
Islam
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Central Middle Ages (c.900 -1250)
Pre-modern (but not ancient) history of other continents & subcontinents
General Mediterranean, incl North Africa & Middle East

This publication is also distributed by: ISD, Marston
Privacy Policy - Terms and Conditions © 2017 Brepols Publishers NV/SA - All Rights Reserved