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History and the Historians of Medieval Spain$
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Peter Linehan

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198219453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198219453.001.0001

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The Invention of the Reconquest

The Invention of the Reconquest

(p.95) 4 The Invention of the Reconquest
History and the Historians of Medieval Spain

Peter Linehan

Oxford University Press

Because in both its versions the Chronicle of Alfonso III begins with Wamba's election in 672 and ends with the death of Ordono I, it might initially be supposed that the work's principal purpose was to record the evolution during this period of the elective monarchy of the Visigoths into an institution controlled by rules of hereditary succession. However the archetype of the Chronicle is lost. In fact it is only in the Rotense version that Alfonso III's accession is mentioned at all. Although Rotense and Ad Sebastianum both begin with the same event, it is not until the final stages of their story that the two texts again correspond with the intervening 194 years revealing considerable variation. This paved way for an analysis of the Chronicle's two versions, their selection and treatment of the historical material available to them, and about the purposes and intentions of their respective authors.

Keywords:   Alfonso III, Ordono I, elective monarchy, Visigoths, Rotense, Ad Sebastianum

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