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The Mercenary Mediterranean: "Sovereignty, Religion, and Violence in the Medieval Crown of Aragon"

Hussein Fancy

Abstract

Over the course of the late-thirteenth and fourteenth centuries–as they subdued, expelled, and enslaved Muslim populations–the kings of the Crown of Aragon recruited thousands of North African cavalry soldiers, whom they called jenets, to serve in their armies as well as in their courts as their personal protectors, members of their entourage, and even, on occasion, their entertainment. Grounded in Latin, Romance, and Arabic archival sources from Spain and North Africa, this work seeks to explain this alliance of the Christian Aragonese kings with foreign Muslim soldiers. It details not only h ... More

Keywords: Crown of Aragon, North Africa, Mediterranean, religion, violence, sovereignty, empire, soldiers, Christianity, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226329642
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226329789.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hussein Fancy, author
University of Michigan