Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Proceso Sobre la Ordenacion De la Iglesia Valentina Entre Los Arzobispos De Toledo, Rodrigo Jimenez De Rada, Y De Tarragona, Pedro De Albalat (1238-1246)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Proceso Sobre la Ordenacion De la Iglesia Valentina Entre Los Arzobispos De Toledo, Rodrigo Jimenez De Rada, Y De Tarragona, Pedro De Albalat (1238-1246)

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Proceso sobre la ordenacion de la iglesia valentina entre los arzobispos de Toledo, Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada, y de Tarragona, Pedro de Albalat (1238-1246). Volumen I: Edicion critica; Volumen II: Estudio. By Vicente Castell Maiques. (Valencia: Corts Valencianes. 1996. Pp. 497, 221.)

The labor of over forty years, these volumes distill a lifetime of scholarship into a single book. Its author,Vicente Castell Maiques, canon-archivist of the Valencian archdiocese, was seeing it through press when he died this past May. He had defended it as a doctoral dissertation at Alicante University tardily in 1990. Long before then, he had scoured over a dozen archives to reconstruct from partial versions and allied documents this full record of a celebrated medieval trial. In his detective mode he discovered the long-lost final sentencing.

When Jaume the Conqueror, ruler of the Arago-Catalan realms, took the "kingdom" of Valencia from its Muslim overlords, Castile determined to wrest its ecclesiastical jurisdiction (and thus a measure of its wealth and influence) for the Castilian church. The move pitted against Jaume the great primate-warrior of Toledo, Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada. At a deeper but very visible level it put at loggerheads Jaume of Aragon and St. Fernando III of Castile, both men formidable conquerors of Islamic Spain.

Bitterly fought for nearly a decade, in three phases or trials, the process resuited in a paper victory for Castile but a diplomatic and practical victory for Aragon, since the sentence in prudent fashion contained no provision for execution. …

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