Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Transition in Crusader Valencia: Years of Triumph, Years of War, 1264-1270

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Transition in Crusader Valencia: Years of Triumph, Years of War, 1264-1270

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Transition in Crusader Valencia: Years of Triumph, Years of War, 1264-1270, ed. Robert I. Burns, Diplomatarium of the Crusader Kingdom of Valencia. The Registered Charters of its Conqueror Jaume I, 1257-1276, III: Documents 501-1000 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001). xi + 578 pp. ISBN 0-691-05475-4. $75.00/£49.95.

This is the third volume in the indefatigable Robert I. Burns's enterprise to catalogue and transcribe the 3,000 or so charters issued by King James I 'the Conqueror' of Aragon (1213-76) to his territories in the kingdom of Valencia, which he had wrested from Islamic control by stages between 1237 and 1245. The charters in question are edited from the registers now housed at the Arxiu de la Corona d'Arago at Barcelona. The years 1264-70, which are covered by the present volume, are described by Burns as a 'period of triumph' for the king, representing 'the apogee of his long career as warrior and world figure'. In 1265-6, James's armies helped Alfonso X of Castile to crush the Mudejar rebellion that had earlier erupted in Murcia; diplomatic negotiations were conducted with the rulers of Navarre, Savoy, and even with the Mongol Khan; and in 1269, the king prepared to lead a crusading expedition to liberate the Holy Land, only to abort the expedition when his fleet was battered by storms. During this period Valencia may not have been central to the king's concerns, yet he still found time to issue some 500 diplomas, which together shed valuable light on the colonial society that was being forged at that time. …

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