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The Aristocracy in Twelfth-century Leon and Castile (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life & Thought


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Preface; 1. Leon and Castile in the twelfth century; 2. Class, family and household; 3. The lineaments of power; 4. The nobility of the crown; 5. A warrior aristocracy; 6. Piety and patronage; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography.

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An examination of the nature and role of the aristocracy in twelfth-century Spain.


' ... a sound and thorough book'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History
" engrossing piece of social history, highly suggestive regarding the process whereby an aristocratic class emerged from a disparate array of families and individuals." -- Choice
Simon Barton's The Aristocracy in Twelfth Century Leon And Castile is a welcome addition to the growing list of recent studies on the Spanish nobility during the central Middle Ages....a very interesting, balanced, and engaging treatment of his subject. Stephen Weinberg, History: Review of New Books
"This is a splendid book, destined to become the standard reference volume on the subject for the next quarter of a century." Bernard F. Reilly, Canadian Journal of History
"Simon Barton's THe Aristocracy in Twelfth Century Leon and Castile is an insightful addition to prosopographical historiography." Christin Cleaton, Medieval Prosopography
"...a groundbreaking study, informed by a deeply impressive body of research." Simon R. Doubleday, Speculum
"...a welcome addition to the small but growing shelf of books on medieval Iberian topics that can be read with profit by all medieval historians and by others interested in medieval social development." Journal of Social History

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