History of Medieval Hispania


a)Provide theoretical knowledge about the main events and cultural processes of the period and historical spaces, and to analyze such processes in a critical frame.
b)  Develop specific knowledge on the cultural evolution of the period and the main trends of the current research.
c)Understand and explain the main events and processes, as well as the problematic  of the period and area under study.
d)Develop critical capacities for the  analysis of  primary sources 
e)Develop written and oral exposition techniques, integrating vocabulary and categories common to the particular time under study
f) Develop a reflexive attitude towards the acquired knowledge. 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Francisco Jose Diaz Marcilla


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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História de Portugal (dir. José Mattoso) vol. I -II, (coord. José Mattoso), Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1992- 1993
Historia de la España Medieval, coord. por José María MONSALVO ANTÓN, Salamanca, Universidad de Salamanca, 2016 
ÁLVAREZ PALENZUELA, V.A. e SUÁREZ FERNÁNDEZ, L.,  Historia de España, vol. 5-6 Madrid, Ed. Gredos, 1988-89
RUCQUOI, Adeline, História Medieval da Península Ibérica, Lisboa, Estampa, 1995.
GUICHARD, Pierre, Al Andalus : estructura antropológica de una sociedad islámica em occidente, Barcelona, Seix Barral, 1976.

Teaching method

Theoretical lectures and practical classes, in which the combination of lectures and debate on primary sources and recent articles may develop in the students not only the necessary basic knowledge, but also a specific competence in debating and updating their critical perspectives on the construction of the History of Portugal and its sources.

Evaluation method

Written work on a specific question, based on source materials(25%), articipation in classroom and in the commentary of texts and videos.(25%), written test with consultation (50%)

Subject matter

I- The German Predominance (5th-7th cc.): changes and reconfigurations in Roman Hispania. Suebi and Visigoths

II- The Muslim Predominance (8th-10th cc.): Emirate and Caliphate of Cordoba. Evolution of Christian kingdoms and counties. Mixed societies, economies and cultures

III- War, Conquest and Religion (11th-12th cc.): espace occupation and legitimacy between Taifas, Almoravids and Almohads. "Reconquest" and the cultural bases of Middle Ages.

IV- The configuration of Christian kingdoms: Portugal, Castile, Leon, Navarre and the Aragonese Crown (12th-13th cc.). Power and religion. Territorial identities.

V- The "Crises" of 14th Century: political, social, economical and cultural

VI- The 15th Century and the Making of Maritim Empires: Castile, Portugal and Aragon. Granada and Navarre in decline