Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Selected Sources: Iberia
There is very little material available in etext form, as yet, about medieval Spain and
Portugal. There are three offsite archives:
The American Association of Research Historians of Medieval Spain [AARHMS] maintains an
which includes an Archive section devoted to putting such Iberian material online. It is
still fairly sparse at this stage.
- WEB Libro:
The Library of Iberian Resources Online.
A major site that contains the full texts of a number of important modern studies of
medieval Iberia by leading authorities.
Al-Andulus: Moorish Spain
Leon and Castile
The Life of Christian Spain
Seferad: Jewish Spain
Benjamin of Tudela (1160-1173): The Itinerary of Benjamin of
Tudela Critical Text, Translation and Commentary by Marcus Nathan Adler. [At Traveling
to Jerusalem/U Sth Colorado]
- Royal Grants to the Jewish Community of Barcelona,
1241-1271, trans. Elka Klein
- Barcelona Jewish Court Documents: A Jewish Widow and
her Daughter, 1261-1262, trans. Elka Klein
- Barcelona Jewish Court Documents: A Daughter's
Inheritance, 1293, trans. Elka Klein
- Jewish Community of Barcelona: The Book of
Document Forms, 13th century, trans. Elka Klein
- Jewish Views of Royal Monetary
Policy in Aragon, 13th Century, trans. Elka Klein.
- The Siete Partidas: Concerning Jews,
- Judah Ha-Levi (ca 1075-1141): The Kuzari, also known as The Book of Argument and Proof in Defense of the Despised Faith (Kitab al
The entire first book of the Kuzari, a philosophical treatise written by the
Spanish Jewish philosopher and poet, Judah Ha-Levi. It is written in the form of a
dialogue, purportedly between the king of the Khazars and the representatives of various
belief systems, culminating with a rabbi.
- Jews and Christians in Teruel: The Fuero of Teruel,
1176 CE, trans. Elka Klein
Excerpts from the Fuero, or urban ordinance.
- A Business Partnership between a Jew and
Christian in Barcelona, 1235-1242 CE
Documents on exploitation of royal mills by Jews and Christians in Barcelona.
- Ordinance of the Jews of the Crown of
Aragon, 1354 CE
This ordinance or takkanah was the product of an increased sense of Jewish
vulnerability in the years after the Black Death (1348).
- Synod of Castilian Jews, 1432
Ordinances from assembly of the Jews of the kingdom of Castile at Valladolid in
- The Expulsion from
Account by an Italian Jew.
NOTES: copyrighted means the text is not available for free distribution. In
some cases alternate versions are available, and are working through the pipeline. Dates of accession of material can be seen in the New Accessions Page. The date of inception was 1/20/1996. Links to files at other site are indicated by [At some indication of the site name or
location]. No indication means that the text file is local. WEB indicates a link to one of small
number of high quality web sites which provide either more texts or an especially valuable