Round table

Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain

Capitel Santa María la Real

Lecture hall
Wenesday, 24 de September
19:00 h.

 

Presented and coordinated by:

Ángela Franco Mata, chair of the Department of Medieval Antiquities of Museo Arqueológico Nacional.

Presenters:

Miguel Ángel Ladero Quesada, member of Royal Academy of the History, Madrid
Martín Alvira Cabrer, University Complutense of Madrid, Author of the book Cruzados en la Reconquista
Francisco García Fitz, University of Extremadura, Author of the book Cruzados en la Reconquista
Feliciano Novoa Portela, State Secretary of Culture, Author of the book Cruzados en la Reconquista

 

 

The Department of Medieval Antiquities of Museo Arqueológico Nacional organizes a Round Table on the subject “Reconquista y Cruzada: Cruzados en la Reconquista” [“Reconquest and Crusade: Crusaders in the Reconquest”].

Reconquest and Crusade are two of the concepts that have been most widely discussed in medieval historiography. Reconquest refers to the war that the Hispanic kings, with the support of the Catholic church and with the goal of restoring the political heritage of their predecessors, fought against Islam in the Iberian peninsula. In turn, Crusade was an “elaboration” –with spiritual connotations-- made by the Roman popes. Mutual influences and relationship between the two concepts have also been under discussion, as many scholars have started debates involving other issues, such as just war or holy war.