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Introduction to Medieval Spain and Coexistence (418-711 CE)

This week introduces the idea of co-existence in medieval Spain. We begin our study of medieval Spain by briefly viewing Roman Spain and then learning about the Visigoths. Supplemental information places medieval Iberia within the contexts of European, Byzantine, and Islamic civilizations. The honors section of the course introduces "The Historian's Craft" and the task of "viewing".

6 videos (Total 42 minutos), 28 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
REQUIRED CORE: Convivencia (Coexistence) in Medieval Spain9m
REQUIRED CORE: Roman Hispania (201 BCE – 418 CE)5m
REQUIRED CORE: Visigothic Spain (418 – 711 CE)8m
28 lecturas
What type of student are you? Casual Observer. Interested Learner. Engaged Investigator.5m
Are you a "Casual Observer"?5m
Are you an "Interested Learner"?5m
Are you an "Engaged Investigator"?5m
Course Organization: Five Sections5m
Course Syllabus1m
Choosing Course Content Based on Your Student Profile: Required Core, Supplemental, Optional, and Honors Track5m
Course Assessments2m
Why Choose the Honors Track?5m
Collaborators and Funders8m
REQUIRED CORE: Why study medieval Spain? Viewing our modern challenges through the lens of the past.7m
REQUIRED CORE: What is coexistence (convivencia)? It is positive, negative, and ambivalent.7m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Defining Who are "Us" and Who are "Them"? Friend or Foe?5m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Medieval Christian Perspectives of Jews and Muslims5m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Medieval Jewish Perspectives of Christians and Muslims5m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Medieval Muslim Perspectives of Jews and Christians5m
REQUIRED CORE: Roman Hispania (201 BCE to 418 CE)5m
REQUIRED CORE: Rome and the Visigoths5m
REQUIRED CORE: The Visigoths: New Lords of the Land (5th-7th Centuries CE)10m
OPTIONAL: Visigothic Religion and the Laity (the People)10m
OPTIONAL: The Formation of Medieval Europe7m
OPTIONAL: Byzantium: The Eastern Roman Empire7m
OPTIONAL: Europe's Sibling, the Islamic World7m
Overview of The Historian's Craft5m
The Historian's Craft: The Task of Viewing10m
Professor Martinez's Viewing Worksheet5m
Key Concept: What is Historiography?5m
Key Concept: What is Periodization?5m
3 ejercicios de práctica
What type of learner are you?8m
REQUIRED CORE: Introduction to Coexistence14m
REQUIRED CORE: Roman and Visigothic Hispania16m
5 horas para completar


In this section of the course, we advance our investigation of medieval Spain to learn about Islamic al-Andalus (Islamic Spain) and Jewish Sefarad (Jewish Spain). This includes a study of the Islamic conquest of Visigothic Spain and the subsequent development of the Umayyad Dynasty. We evaluate the complexities of conflicts between religious groups and within religious groups. We witness interfaith collaboration. Islamic sciences are presented as is the Golden Age of the Spanish Jews. We view Islamic art and architecture. Lastly, in our honors section we continue with our study of the Historian's Craft and the task of "reading".

8 videos (Total 56 minutos), 16 readings, 4 quizzes
8 videos
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Santa Cruz (Toledo): Islamic Art and Architecture - Part 15m
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Santa Cruz (Toledo): Islamic Art and Architecture - Part 24m
REQUIRED CORE: Museo de Santa Cruz (Toledo): Islamic Art and Architecture - Part 33m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Museo de Burgos: Muslim Artifacts Become Christian (11th Century CE)8m
OPTIONAL: Contemporary Sephardic Authors: A visit with Esther Bendahan at the Centro Sefarad Israel (Madrid)10m
16 lecturas
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Conquest of Visigothic Spain (711 CE)12m
REQUIRED CORE: Christian Traitors: Count Julian of Ceuta and the Mozarabic Chronicle of 75410m
REQUIRED CORE: Al-Andalus: Islamic Spain (711-1061 CE)10m
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Taifa Kingdoms (1009-1091), Almoravids (1086-1145), and Almohads (1145-1269)8m
REQUIRED CORE: Muslim Berbers Treated as Second-Class Citizens in Islamic Lands (8th Century CE)8m
REQUIRED CORE: Charlemagne, Abd al-Rahman I, and the Siege of the City of Zaragoza (787 and 789 CE)8m
REQUIRED CORE: The Christian "Martyrs" (or Agitators?) of Islamic Cordoba (850-859 CE)8m
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Astronomical Pursuits: Navigation and Religion8m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Islamic Water and Food Revolution in Iberia8m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Islamic Medicine during the Caliphate of Cordoba8m
OPTIONAL: A Closer Look: The Islamic Taifa of Toledo (1009 - 1085 CE)8m
OPTIONAL: Religious and Cultural Competition Among Islamic Taifas8m
REQUIRED CORE: Sefarad: Jewish Spain (A selection from Prof. Jane Gerber)20m
REQUIRED CORE: Rejecting Tolerance: Ibn Tumart, the Almohads, and Maimonides in the 12th Century10m
The Historian's Craft: The Task of Reading10m
"In the Name of God": The First Islamic Coinage in Spain (711-712 CE)30m
3 ejercicios de práctica
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Conquest of Visigothic Hispania10m
REQUIRED CORE: Islamic Al-Andalus15m
REQUIRED CORE: Sefarad: Jewish Spain8m
5 horas para completar

Forging A Christian Future: Christian Spain (711-1212 CE) and the Castilian Ascent In Spain (1212-1347 CE)

First, we continue with an investigation of the third principal culture of Iberian Peninsula -- Spanish Christian Hispania. We seek out more specific examples of the Christian kingdom's impact on political, religious, social, intellectual, and economic issues. Next, we examine the rise of the Spanish Christian Kingdom of Castile and Leon and the impact of King Alfonso X "The Learned". We study how Spanish Christians created culture through material objects and architecture. In addition, we explore the complications of Christians governing religious minorities in their lands. The honors section of the course continues with our study of the Historian's Craft and the task of "analyzing".

5 videos (Total 41 minutos), 16 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
SUPPLEMENTAL: Museo de Burgos: Christian Funerary Statues (13th-15th Centuries CE)6m
OPTIONAL: “Petrifying Wealth: The Southern European Shift to Collective Investment in Masonry as Identity, c.1050-1300” project at CSIC12m
16 lecturas
REQUIRED CORE: The Christian Kingdom of Castile and the Origins of the Reconquest (711 - 1212 CE)10m
REQUIRED CORE: Medieval Spain and the Influence of the Crusades on the Reconquista10m
REQUIRED CORE: Bitter Rivals: King Fernando I of Castile and King Bermudo III of Leon (11th Century)10m
REQUIRED CORE: Mozarabs of Toledo: Christians Who Assumed Islamic Culture (11th Century)10m
SUPPLEMENTAL: The Christian Kingdom of Aragon and Catalonia (711-1212 CE)12m
OPTIONAL: Saint James and the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela12m
REQUIRED CORE: Castilian King Alfonso X "The Wise" (r. 1252-1284 CE)5m
REQUIRED CORE: Simon R. Doubleday's Chapter 3: Stargazers from "The Wise King"20m
REQUIRED CORE: King Alfonso X's Las Siete Partidas: A Legal Code for Three Religions15m
REQUIRED CORE: Christians Governing Jews and Muslims: The Legalities of Coexistence10m
REQUIRED CORE: Las Cantigas de Santa Maria (The Canticles of Holy Mary) 1252-1284 CE10m
REQUIRED CORE: Forcing the Issue: The Christian-Jewish Disputation of Barcelona (1263 CE): Has the Messiah Appeared?10m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Todros Abulafia: A 13th Century Jewish Poet Fond of Debate12m
OPTIONAL: King Alfonso X and the Development of Spanish Universities10m
The Historian's Craft: The Task of Analyzing10m
Las Siete Partidas – Selection Pertaining to Jews, Muslims, and Christians15m
3 ejercicios de práctica
REQUIRED CORE: Making Christian Hispania12m
REQUIRED CORE: King Alfonso X "The Wise" and Jewish Communities Under Christian Rule16m
REQUIRED CORE: Castilians Creating Culture through Objects10m
5 horas para completar

Creating Conversos and Rejecting Religious Diversity: Catholic Spain (1347-1502 CE)

This section of the course presents the end of coexistence in medieval Spain, which was characterized by the creation of new types of peoples (conversos, Jewish converts to Christianity), religious intolerance and expulsions. Multiple examples of the fluctuations in the relationships of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, are examined as Catholic Spain took shape. Special attention is also directed to Spanish archives that preserve this history. We take a closer look at the end of convivencia in the city of Plasencia, Spain, and view a digital video narration. As the Spanish Middle Ages did not occur in a vacuum, we share with you eight scholarly endeavors from the "Global Middle Ages" Project. The honors section of the course continues with our study of the Historian's Craft and the task of "reflecting" and features the music of the Texas Early Music Project.

15 videos (Total 124 minutos), 20 readings, 3 quizzes
15 videos
REQUIRED CORE: Treasures of the Archive of the Cathedral of Burgos9m
REQUIRED CORE: Introduction to the Archivo Municipal de Toledo and Its "Secret Archive"13m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Introduction to the Municipal Archive of Burgos12m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Exploring Manuscript SJ-1/1 “Alfonso VI concede al Monasterio”6m
OPTIONAL: Introduction to the Archivo Historico de la Nobleza (Toledo)12m
OPTIONAL: Exploring the Restoration of “Cartulario S. XV. Libro viejo de privilegios de los Reyes Catolicos, LI-385"4m
REQUIRED CORE: Introduction to Virtual Plasencia: A 15th Century Community of Jews, Christians, and Muslims10m
REQUIRED CORE: Digital Video Narration of “La Mota”: A Christian Assumes Ownership over Jewish Homes, circa 1416, in Plasencia, Spain12m
REQUIRED CORE: El Transito Synagogue of Toledo (Museo Sefardí) - 14th Century CE9m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Christians Creating "Mudejar" Material Culture10m
Video Snippet #1 from Convivencia Re-envisioned - Texas Early Music Project - 6 September 20151m
Video Snippet #2 from Convivencia Re-envisioned - Texas Early Music Project - 6 September 201537s
20 lecturas
REQUIRED CORE: Unforeseen Events: The Plague, A Dead King, and Anti-Jewish Sentiment (14th Century CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: Civil War in the Kingdom of Castile and Leon (14th Century)5m
REQUIRED CORE: The New Nobility of Castile: Arrival of the Conversos (Jewish Converts to Christianity) (End of the 14th Century CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: Anti-Jewish Pogroms Across Christian Spain (1390s - 1420s CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: Christian Unity Under Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand (Late 15th Century CE)7m
REQUIRED CORE: The Nasrids: The Last Islamic Kingdom in Granada (1231-1492) CE7m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Islamic Nasrid Textiles4m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Jewish Love and Marriage in Christian Spain4m
REQUIRED CORE: Exploring Archives that Preserve History2m
REQUIRED READING: Creating Conversos: The Carvajal-Santa Maria Family in Early Modern Spain10m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Exploring the Global Middle Ages7m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Mudéjar Metalwork: When the Islamic Becomes Christian (15th Century)4m
SUPPLEMENTAL: Christians Adopting Islamic Forms: Harmony in Islamic-Christian Manises Ceramics4m
REQUIRED CORE: Cultural Backlash: "Blood Purity" Laws: Separating "New" from "Old" Christians (1450s)5m
REQUIRED CORE: The Spanish Inquisition Begins its Work (1478 - 1480 CE)5m
REQUIRED CORE: The Spanish Tisha B'Av: The End of Jewish Spain and the Expulsion (1492)5m
REQUIRED CORE: Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand Expel Spanish Muslims (1502 CE)5m
The Texas Early Music Project: A Collaborator of Deciphering Secrets MOOCs5m
Musical Selection: De Antequera Sale un Moro (From Antequera leaves a Moor)5m
The Historian's Craft: The Task of Reflecting10m
2 ejercicios de práctica
REQUIRED CORE: Formation of Catholic Spain and Its Impact on Religious Minorities14m
REQUIRED CORE: Creating Conversos at the End of Positive Coexistence6m
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por JJMar 24th 2018

Excellent course. Informative and well-presented in a variety of formats (reading, video, virtual simulations).



Dr. Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila

Associate Professor

Acerca de Sistema Universitario de Colorado

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  • This course, along with all Deciphering Secrets MOOCs, is a collaborative endeavor of Dr. Roger L. Martinez-Davila, the University of Colorado System, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). This project has received funding from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement nº 600371, el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (COFUND2013-51509) and Banco Santander. Additional funding provided by University of Colorado System, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and We are grateful for the generous formal and informal participation of approximately 20 institutions, organizations, and academics have contributed content to the Coexistence in Medieval Spain MOOC.

    We thank:

    Archivo de la Catedral de Burgos (Archidiocesis de Burgos)

    - Matias Vicario Santamaria

    Archivo Historico de la Nobleza (Ministerio de Cultura, Educacion y Deporte de España)

    - Aránzazu Lafuente Urién

    - Miguel F. Gómez Vozmediano

    Archivo Municipal de Burgos (Ayuntamiento de Burgos)

    - Milagros Moratinos Palomero

    Archivo Municipal de Plasencia (Ayuntamiento de Plasencia)

    - Esther Sanchez Calle

    Archivo Municipal de Toledo (Ayuntamiento de Toledo)

    - Mariano García Ruipérez

    Archivo y Biblioteca de la Catedral de Toledo (Archidiocesis de Toledo)

    - Ángel Fernández Collado

    - Isidoro Castañeda Todera

    Centro Sefarad Israel (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, y Ayuntamiento de Madrid)

    - Sonia Sanchez

    - Esther Bendahan

    Simon Doubleday (Hoftra University (New York)

    Jessica Fowler (IE School of International Relations)

    Jane Gerber (CUNY-Graduate Center, NYC)

    Global Middle Ages

    - Geraldine Heng (University of Texas-Austin)

    - Lynn Ramey (Vanderbilt University)

    Hispanic Society of America (New York, USA)

    - Margaret E. Connors McQuade

    - Marcus B. Burke

    - John O'Neill

    Museo de Burgos (Junta de Castilla y Leon)

    - Marta Negro Cobo

    Museo Sefardi-Toledo (Ministerio de Cultura, Educacion y Deporte de España)

    - Santiago Palomero Plaza

    - Carmen Álvarez Nogales

    Museo de los Concilios y la Cultura Visigoda-Toledo (Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha)

    - Fernando Luis Fontes Blanco

    Museo de Santa Cruz-Toledo (Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha)

    - Fernando Luis Fontes Blanco

    Museo Taller del Moro (Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha)

    - Fernando Luis Fontes Blanco

    New Mexico History Museum (State of New Mexico, USA)

    - Andrew Wulf

    - Josef Diaz

    Anthony Puglisi (Cornell University)

    Revealing Cooperation and Conflict Project ("Virtual Plasencia")

    - Victor R. Schinazi (ETH-Zurich)

    - Paddington Hodza (University of Wyoming)

    - Mubbasir Kapadia (Rutgers University)

    - Sean Perrone (St. Anselm College)

    - Francisco Garcia-Serrano Nebras (SLU-Madrid)

    - Roger L. Martinez-Davila

    Texas Early Music Project

    - Daniel Johnson

    - Stephanie Prewitt

    - Allison Welch

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)

    - Jaime Alvar Ezquerra

    - Maria Martin de Vidales Garcia

    - Raúl Aguilera Ortega

    - Rosa Sanchez Hernandez

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

    - Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza

    - Susana Calvo Capilla

    University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (USA)

    - Paul Harvey

    - Christina Jiménez

    - Alycia Williams

    - Kellen DeAlba

    - Madelyn Husted

    - David Walker

    University of Colorado System (USA)

    - Deborah Keyek-Franssen

    University of Notre Dame Press (USA)

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