Book Series Cursor Mundi, vol. 42

Constructing Iberian Identities, 1000-1700

Thomas Barton, Marie A. Kelleher, Antonio M. Zaldivar (eds)

  • Pages: 244 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:4 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59630-3
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This volume brings together twelve essays from an international collection of scholars that collectively explore the formation and expression of individual and collective identities within pre-modern Iberian context.


“The volume concludes with Teofilo F. Ruiz’s “Afterword” (227-230), which emphasizes the quality and breadth of the contributions. This collection will undoubtedly be of interest to many scholars as it showcases a diversity of perspectives and methodological approaches for the study of Iberia (and particularly, the Crown of Castile) and its connections with the Mediterranean and the Atlantic over the course of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, demonstrating the importance of adopting global and comparative perspectives for the study of pre-Modern history.” (Núria Silleras-Fernández, in The Medieval Review, 11/04/2024)

“Readers will likely find themselves wanting more at the end of each chapter, making Constructing Iberian Identities, 1000–1700 an absorbing and inspirational addition to the burgeoning field of Iberian identity studies.” (Laura Delbrugge, in Bulletin of Spanish Studies, C/8, 2023, p. 1284)


Thomas Barton, Assoc. Prof., History, University of San Diego

Marie Kelleher, Prof., History, California State University Long Beach

Antonio M. Zaldívar, Asst. Prof., History, California State University San Marcos


Over the past several decades, scholars of medieval and early modern Iberia have transformed the study of the region into one of the most vibrant areas of research today. This volume brings together twelve essays from a diverse group of international historians who explore the formation of the multiple and overlapping identities, both individual and collective, that made up the Iberian peninsula during the eleventh through seventeenth centuries. Individually, the contributions in this volume engage with the notion of identity in varied ways, including the formation of collective identities at the level of the late medieval city, the use of writing and political discourse to construct or promote common political or socio-cultural identities, the role of encounters with states and cultures beyond the peninsula in identity formation, and the ongoing debates surrounding the peninsula’s characteristic ethno-religious pluralism.Collectively, these essays challenge the traditional dividing line between the medieval and early modern periods, providing a broader framework for approaching Iberia’s fragmented yet interconnected internal dynamics while simultaneously reflecting on the implications of Iberia’s positioning within the broader Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds.


Constructing Iberian Identities, 1000–1700: Introduction — Thomas W. Barton, Marie A. Kelleher, and Antonio M. Zaldívar

Urban Communities

Landscapes of Salvation, Landscapes of Power: Jews, Christians, and Urban Space in Fourteenth- Century Seville — Maya Soifer Irish

From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic: The Role of the Town- Ports of Northern Iberia in the First Internationalization of the European Economy in the Middle Ages — Jesús Ángel Solórzano Telechea

The Fiscal Dialogue at the Castilian Cortes of Madrigal of 1438-55 — Denis Menjot

Ethno- Religious Self- Fashionings

Ruling Between and Across the Lines: Liminal Identities and Political Legitimacy in al-Andalus — Travis Bruce

The Medieval/Early Modern Divide along the Franco- Spanish Border — Francesca Trivellato

The Declinacion of the Hidden One: Encubertismo during the Reigns of the Later Spanish Habsburgs — Bryan Givens

Writing, History, and Political Authority

Reconsidering the Shift from Latin to Romance in the Castilian Chancery: A Historiographic Review — Antonio M. Zaldívar

History Writing in Spain from Humanism to Counter- Reformation: On Deeds, Books, and Truth —Xavier Gil

‘Above all, to thine own self be true’: Pedro de Valencia, Self- Censorship, and the (Unwritten) History of Chile — Richard L. Kagan

Mobility and Encounter

Medieval Encounters Between Iberia, the Mediterranean, and Asia Myths and Realities — Francisco García- Serrano

Intertwining Granada and North Africa: New Evidence on Diplomatic Contacts, Naval Power, Mobility, and Family Ties in the Late Medieval Western Islamic Mediterranean — Roser Salicrú i Lluch

An Infanta Travels: Catalina of Aragon, 1485–1501 — Theresa Earenfight

Afterword — Teofilo F. Ruiz