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Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain

This course evaluates the medieval history of Toledo from the era of the Visigoth Kingdom (6th-8th centuries) through its Islamic period (8th to 11th centuries) and into its reintegration into Christian Spain (after 1085 c.e.) In particular, we take note of the cultural and religious transformations that characterized the city with a special effort to understand how many peoples and religions came to settle and live amongst one another. We will virtually-tour the Islamic and Christian structures of the Museo de Santa Cruz, Iglesia de San Román, Sinagoga del Tránsito, Mezquita de Bab al-Mardum, Archivo Municipal de Toledo, and the Archivo Historico de la Nobleza. We examine the Visigoths transition from Christian Arianism to Catholicism and the harsh treatment of the Jewish population. We explore Islamic governance and development of the medieval city of three faiths, with a special interest in its cultural achievements. We will study King Alfonso “The Wise” (1252-1284)’s efforts to characterize himself as the “king of three religions” via his legal codices, the creation of the Cantigas de Santa María, and his intellectual endeavor known as the Toledo School of Translators. We evaluate the robust Jewish and converso noble families of the city and appreciate their intellectual, religious, and economic contributions to Castilian life. We will bear witness to the rise of anti-Jewish blood purity statutes, the creation of the Inquisition, and the expulsion of the Jews. We also briefly introduce and study Spanish manuscripts from the municipal and cathedral archives to make new scholarly breakthroughs relating to the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interrelations. No knowledge of Spanish is needed to participate in the course or in our transcription efforts.

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Rating 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort This is a moderately-paced course and will require, on average, 2 to 4 hours of your time per week.
Starts Feb 18 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Colorado System via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
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Rating 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort This is a moderately-paced course and will require, on average, 2 to 4 hours of your time per week.
Starts Feb 18 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Colorado System via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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