Abstract

Abstract:

The diplomatic and exploratory enterprises by Portugal and Castile during the fifteenth century coincided with substantial social changes towards religious alterity in both kingdoms. This article studies the projection of those new attitudes to distant spaces of the medieval worldview in two books from the period. I propose that these works attempt to reinforce the prevailing values among the Castilian nobility, relying on the idea of a global confrontation between Christianity and Islam. Encounters with religious converts across the Mediterranean evidence the instable negotiation between religious identity, “nature,” and belonging to the Castilian nation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1947-4261
Print ISSN
0193-3892
Pages
pp. 59-82
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-20
Open Access
No
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