The Eve of Spain: Myths of Origins in the History of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Conflict


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Johns Hopkins University Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Patricia E. Grieve is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and author of Floire and Blancheflor and the European Romance and Desire and Death in the Spanish Sentimental Romance (1440-1550).


"An impressive, erudite, and multidisciplinary approach... Grieve is to be commended for showing that such discourses transcend Iberian literature. Highly recommended."


"Ambitious, deeply researched study... The Eve of Spain makes a significant contribution to Hispanic studies... Likewise, the study presents a useful model for trans-historical literary scholarship, a feat for which Grieve should be applauded."

--Rachel L. Burk "Caliope "

"Grieve makes it clear why history matters, noting that while medieval and early modern societies do not mirror today's complex world, they 'nonetheless are seedlings of, and bear some relationship to, today's globalized world and geopolitical issues'."

--Rebecca Moore "Journal of Church History "

"In searching for the medieval origins of Spanish nationalism, Grieve's provocative book promises to intervene in some of the thorniest debates in modern Spanish historiography, at the same time as it engages the larger scholarly public interested in the premodern contribution to nation building and nationalism."

--Adam G. Beaver "Journal of Modern History "

"The Eve of Spain is an erudite, engaging, and original excursion into the literary psyche of medieval and early-modern Spain."

--Brian Catlos "Speculum "

"This is a highly professional academic study that very efficiently pursues the myth of La Cava and its reception by various writers through the centuries."

--Henry Kamen "European History Quarterly "

"This is an ambitious work, the scope of which is temporarily and thematically enormous... this study adds a very important layer to the ongoing debate about the nature of interfaith relations in pre-modern Iberia and the role ethnic and religious diversity played in shaping Spanish culture from the colonial era through to the twentieth century."

--Nina Caputo "Bulletin of Spanish Studies "