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Guarding the frontier : Castilian settlers on the border with Granada in the fifteenth century
Díaz Sierra, Ignacio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Ciències de l'Antiguitat i de l'Edat Mitjana)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. SGR-Grup de Recerca Arqueologia Agrària de l'Edat Mitjana

Data: 2018
Resum: The border between the Crown of Castile and the Sultanate of Granada lasted for two hundred years, from 1246 until the conquest of the latter in 1492. Due to the scarcity of available written records, very little is known about the Castilian frontier towns and their inhabitants, who guarded the border. It has often been assumed that these guards were professional soldiers exclusively devoted to the defence of Castile. However, the study of unpublished documents from the early sixteenth century indicates that many of them were, in fact, settlers who combined their military duties with other civilian occupations, especially agriculture. This paper analyses the composition of the population of Olvera and Archidona, two Castilian towns on the border with Granada, during the second half of the fifteenth century, and shows the fluid nature of these late medieval settlers, who performed regular military service and spearheaded the colonisation of newly conquered territories while retaining their primary role as farmers.
Ajuts: Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte HAR2017-82157-P
Nota: This work was supported by "la Caixa" Banking Foundation (OSLC- CAIXA-2015-01).
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: Article ; recerca ; Versió de l'autor
Matèria: Frontier towns ; Conquest of al-Andalus ; Castilian settlers ; Sultanate of Granada ; Olvera ; Archidona
Publicat a: Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Vol. 10 Núm. 3 (2018) , p. 385-402, ISSN 1754-6567

DOI: 10.1080/17546559.2018.1464200


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