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The History of Spain Podcast is a biweekly history podcast focused on the history of Spain and narrated following a chronological order. Check out the store at thehistoryofspain.com to find Spain-related history books, cookbooks, travel guides, Spanish language books, and merchandising! Subscribe to the podcast to not miss an episode and if you love the podcast consider supporting it on Patreon or donating!

The History of Spain Podcast David Cot

    • Geschiedenis

The History of Spain Podcast is a biweekly history podcast focused on the history of Spain and narrated following a chronological order. Check out the store at thehistoryofspain.com to find Spain-related history books, cookbooks, travel guides, Spanish language books, and merchandising! Subscribe to the podcast to not miss an episode and if you love the podcast consider supporting it on Patreon or donating!

    History of Spain Podcast Q&A #1

    History of Spain Podcast Q&A #1

    The History of Spain Podcast Q&A #1 answers some important questions related to Spanish history, identity, culture and more. These include questions from the Visigothic period to Franco and contemporary Spain, questions such as when did Spain become Spain, or my views on bullfighting. To discover all the questions and answers, listen to it!

    • 40 min.
    Kingdom of Pamplona and County of Aragon

    Kingdom of Pamplona and County of Aragon

    This is episode 29 called Kingdom of Pamplona and County of Aragon and in this episode you will learn:



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    - Why Vasconia has always been subject to external attacks

    - How the Carolingian Empire and Emirate of Córdoba fought to control Iberian Vasconia and how that led to the emergence of pro-Frankish and pro-Umayyad Basque parties

    - The assassination of the Banu Qasi governor of Pamplona, led by Velasco the Basque who represented the pro-Frankish party

    - How Íñigo Arista, supported by the Banu Qasi and Córdoba, gained control of Pamplona

    - Why the Kingdom of Pamplona is not considered a kingdom and the game of double legimitacy

    - The origins of the County of Aragon, briefly under the Carolingian Empire and how García the Bad made the County of Aragon a vassal of Pamplona instead

    - The last attempt of the Carolingian Empire to regain control over the Western Pyrenees, the Second Battle of Roncesvalles and its consequences

    - What kind of relationship did the Banu Qasi and Arista-Íñigo dynasty had

    - The political history of the County of Aragon in the 9th century and the origins of surnames like Sánchez or García

    - Brief talk about social and economic aspects of the Kingdom of Pamplona and the County of Aragon

    - What are the origins of the Basques (genetic studies)

    - The external history of the Basque language, why its usage declined and the current situation of Euskera

    - Reflection on the pragmatic relationship between the Kingdom of Pamplona and the Banu Qasi

    • 40 min.
    Camino de Santiago and Spanish Romance languages

    Camino de Santiago and Spanish Romance languages

    This is episode 28 called Camino de Santiago and Spanish Romance languages and in this episode you will learn:



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    - The background of the Revolt of Arrabal or Revolt of the Suburb

    - The Revolt of Arrabal and the brutal aftermath

    - Why al-Hakam reconciled with the Maliki ulema who instigated the revolt and how al-Hakam secured the succession

    - The legacy that Abd al-Rahman II inherited from al-Hakam

    - The origins of the link between Santiago el Mayor or Saint James the Great and Spain

    - What's the story behind the discovery of the alleged tomb of Santiago in Santiago de Compostela

    - What long-term consequences had the Camino de Santiago for the Kingdom of Asturias and later Spain

    - Clarification of a few concepts about languages and Latin, and the development of Romance languages throughout Europe

    - The origins and development of the Spanish Romance languages: Mozarabic, Catalan, Galician-Portuguese, Navarro-Aragonese, Astur-Leonese and Castilian / Spanish

    - A reflection about the figure of Santiago Matamoros or Saint James the Moor-slayer

    • 42 min.
    Marca Hispanica

    Marca Hispanica

    This is episode 27 called Marca Hispanica and in this episode you will learn:



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    - The dynastic struggle between al-Hakam and the brothers of former Emir Hisham, Sulayman and Abd Allah

    - The conspiracy of Córdoba in 805 led by Maliki jurists and scholars

    - The formation of a feared bodyguard known as The Mutes

    - The story of the Day of the Moat, following the revolt of Toledo

    - The revolts of the other capitals of the marches, Mérida and Zaragoza

    - How Alfonso II of Asturias strengthened ties with the Carolingian Empire

    - Why the Carolingian Empire wanted to control the Pyrenees

    - The Frankish conquest of Barcelona in 801, that led to the establishment of the Marca Hispanica

    - How the Spanish March was administered and colonized

    - What feudalism is

    - A reflection on why the Marca Hispanica and later Catalan Counties barely expanded for three centuries

    • 38 min.
    Administration of al-Andalus

    Administration of al-Andalus

    This is episode 26 called Administration of al-Andalus and in this episode you will learn:



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    - The succession practices of Arab royal families

    - The quick war of succession between Hisham and his elder brother Sulayman, following the death of Abd al-Rahman I

    - A revolt in Zaragoza that led to the rise of the Banu Amrus

    - What characterized the rule of Hisham

    - The reign of Bermudo of Asturias and the aceifas of the Emirate of Córdoba under Hisham against the Kingdom of Asturias

    - The return of Alfonso II 'the Chaste' from his exile and the definitive capital of Asturias, Oviedo

    - The introduction and adoption of the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence

    - What was the central administration of the Emirate and Caliphate of Córdoba like

    - The territorial organization of al-Andalus: interior and frontier marches

    - Administration of justice in al-Andalus

    - Financial administration of al-Andalus: legal and extralegal taxes, coinage, and how were taxes paid

    - An anecdote that shows how the orthodoxy of the Maliki school was not always applied, in this case concerning the consumption of wine

    • 42 min.
    Emirate of Córdoba and Abd al-Rahman

    Emirate of Córdoba and Abd al-Rahman

    This is episode 25 called Emirate of Córdoba and Abd al-Rahman and in this episode you will learn:



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    - Opposition of former wali Yusuf and Syrian commander al-Sumayl

    - Revolts of Yusuf's family, local particularistic revolts and Abbasid-backed conspiracies

    - The last stand of Emir Abd al-Rahman in Carmona's fortress

    - The autonomy of Muslim cities far from Córdoba and the fall of Narbonne in 759, marking the end of Muslim presence in France

    - Charlemagne's first campaign in Spain, resulting in a complete failure and the disaster at the Pass of Roncesvalles

    - The organization of an Andalusi standing army, improvement of infrastructure and transformation of the capital of the Emirate, Córdoba

    - Start of the building of the Great Mosque of Córdoba

    - Analysis of the legacy of Abd al-Rahman I of Córdoba

    - How interfaith marriages between Muslim men and Christian women were used to pacify and colonize the Iberian Peninsula

    - Status of concubines of the Umayyad court and why concubines were useful to preserve the royal dynasty

    - My two cents on interfaith relations during the centuries of Islamic hegemony

    • 36 min.

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