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Ram Ben-Shalom

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113904

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113904.001.0001

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History of the Iberian Monarchies

History of the Iberian Monarchies

(p.177) Chapter Five History of the Iberian Monarchies
Medieval Jews and the Christian Past

Ram Ben-Shalom

, Chaya Naor
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Jewish interest in the history of Spain and its kings—a preoccupation which intensified throughout the centuries. It shows how the kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula, Castile and Aragon in particular, loomed large in Jewish historical consciousness through the multitude of Jewish writings on the topic. In addition, the chapter reveals the oral historical traditions of the Jewish courtiers which express the fusion of Jewish and general history in the historical consciousness of Spanish Jews. There does not seem to have been a clear division between the two. The Jews of Spain dealt with both Jewish and Spanish history, and the images of the past of the Iberian peninsula created a single history in their consciousness.

Keywords:   Spanish history, Iberian monarchies, Spanish kings, Iberian peninsula, Iberian history, Castile, Aragon, oral historical traditions, Spanish Jews

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