Publication – Santiago Castellanos, « The Visigothic Kingdom in Iberia Construction and Invention »

The structures of the late ancient Visigothic kingdom of Iberia were rooted in those of Roman Hispania, Santiago Castellanos argues, but Catholic bishops subsequently produced a narrative of process and power from the episcopal point of view that became the official record and primary documentation for all later historians. The delineation of these two discrete projects—of construction and invention—form the core of The Visigothic Kingdom in Iberia.

Castellanos reads documents of the period that are little known to many Anglophone scholars, including records of church councils, sermons, and letters, and utilizes archaeological findings to determine how the political system of elites related to local communities, and how the documentation they created promoted an ideological agenda. Looking particularly at the archaeological record, he finds that rural communities in the region were complex worlds unto themselves, with clear internal social stratification little recognized by the literate elites.

Santiago Castellanos is Associate Professor of History at the University of León.

Table des matières :


Chapter 1. The Collapse of the Roman Empire in Hispania: Between the Texts and the Archaeological Revolution
Chapter 2. Political Overview: The Beginnings of the Gothic Kingdom in Iberia
Chapter 3. Structures of Power: Magnates and Dependents
Chapter 4. Negotiating and Imposing: Kings and Local Worlds
Chapter 5. Inventing a Kingdom: Projecting Messages



Informations pratiques :

Santiago Castellanos, The Visigothic Kingdom in Iberia Construction and Invention, UPenn Press, 2020. 288 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 illus. ISBN 9780812252538. Prix : GBP 66,00.

Source : UPenn Press

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