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Medieval Iberia - Spain & Portugal in the Middle Ages

The borders between territory controlled by Spain and Portugal fluctuated through the Middle Ages. These sites explore various aspects of the cultures that flourished on the Iberian Peninsula in medieval times.
  1. Iberian People (20)
  2. Iberian Places (12)
  3. Iberian Topics (7)
  4. The Inquisition in Spain

Portugal
A clear survey of the history of Portugal from its earliest origins to the early 19th century. Part of a larger work on the country of Portugal produced by the Library of Congress; a public domain document online here at the Medieval History site.

Spain
A basic overview of the history of Spain from its ancient times to the 17th century. Part of a larger work on the country of Spain produced by the Library of Congress; a public domain document online here at the Medieval History site.

Maps of Iberia
A small but growing collection of maps depicting Spain and Portugal in medieval times.

The AARHMS
The American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain produces a newsletter twice a year. Membership information, archives, and reviews are provided at the site.

The Discovery of America
Brief examination of Spain's readiness to take advantage of Columbus' discovery at the Sí, Spain site.

The European Voyages of Exploration
Nicely done tutorial at the University of Calgary focuses primarily on Portuguese and Spanish expeditions in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. 

The History of Portugal
One page on the history of Portugal from the eleventh century to the twentieth, by Antonio Jorge Ribeiro at Europe Today.

Labyrinth Library: Iberian Texts
Index of online historical and literary texts in Latin, in the vernacular and in translation, at the Georgetown University's Labyrinth.

Letters of King Philip II of Spain
Scans of letters dating from 1592 to 1597 are accompanied by brief information in Spanish. An extensive description of the collection in English is also available. Provided by Richard Hacken at Brigham Young University.

LIBRO
The Library of Iberian Resources Online offers texts concerning Spanish and Portuguese history throughout the Middle Ages provided by the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain. Use the title index to explore topics, or look for a particular author's work.

Mediber
Discussions in medieval Iberian history, open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter. Send a message to mediber-request@humnet.ucla.edu with "subscribe mediber youremail Your Name"; include an institutional snail mail address or a brief statement of your interest in the subject matter.

Medieval Sourcebook: Iberia
Primary documents concerning the history of Spain and Portugal up to the fifteenth century, provided by Paul Halsall at Fordham University.

Medieval Spain Bibliography
Substantial list of useful print resources concerning Spain from the Visigothic presence through the fifteenth century, compiled by Lynn Nelson.

The Middle Ages in Spain
Brief overview of Spanish medieval history at the Sí Spain site.

Osbernus: De expugnatione Lyxbonensi, 1147
A contemporary account of the expedition of Anglo-Norman sailors of the Second Crusade, whose mission was to conquer west-coast Iberian cities, including Lisbon. At Paul Halsall's Medieval Sourcebook.

The Reconquest
Very brief timeline of important events in Spain from the eighth through fifteenth centuries, at the Sí, Spain site.

The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire
Another timeline, covering 1514 to 1714, at the Sí, Spain site.

Some Important Dates in Medieval Spanish History
This timeline at the UCLA Humanities department covers 406 to 1492 with concise descriptions of significant events.

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