The frontier of the Kingdom of Granada during the nasrid era
In the last 20 years historiographical studies of the Kingdom of Granada have shed a lot of light on a question which for too long suffered from a narrow approach focused exclusively on the incompatibility and conflict between the two cultures. Although the inherent tensions between two societies which were geographically and socially different cannot be denied, a full picture cannot be gained if we ignore the relations between them during the long periods of peace.
The analysis of such a multi-faceted reality requires attention to aspects that our traditional historiography has tended to neglect, as most studies of this period of our history focus on the great events. The result was a vision, from a position of power, of two societies who were always at war for religious reasons, each one defending their faith as the main cause of this conflict, with Crusade and Jihad as two sides of the same coin.
Today we know that the history of the frontier regions between the Nasrid and Christian kingdoms cannot be understood without taking into account the complex relationships of exchange that grew up between the two cultures in times of peace in an extended geographic context that did not always have strictly defined borders.
This raises a number of questions: How was the territory structured? What type of relations appeared in times of peace? What human values emerged in everyday inter-ethnic conflicts? How did attitudes towards the “other” vary depending on social status? What role did religion play on either side of the frontier?
With this talk our aim is to provide the public with a vision of life on the frontier both in times of peace and in times of tension, from a broad, multi-causal perspective. Current historical research on this question offers a message of respect, tolerance and gratitude for a legacy of which we are all, to some extent, the bearers.
Time: todos los domingos a las 12 h
Place: Museo de la Alhambra, Palacio Carlos V
Date: 9 y 16 de marzo