Power and Politics in Medieval Iberia: What Primary Sources can tell us about Rulers and Ruled

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download The historian’s enigma is to extract a logical and reliable narrative from material that is generally neither of those things. This statement is especially true for medieval primary sources which are rightfully considered articles whose information must be assessed with particular scrutiny. The often-sparse number of medieval sources … Continue reading Power and Politics in Medieval Iberia: What Primary Sources can tell us about Rulers and Ruled

The Generalising Crisis of the 17th Century

‘The mid-seventeenth century experienced a “general crisis” in which a wave of economic, social and political upheavals swept over many parts of the northern hemisphere’ (Parker, 2001, p.20) To accurately assess this statement, it is necessary to first define the term ‘general crisis’. For the purposes of this article the definition used herein has been … Continue reading The Generalising Crisis of the 17th Century

The 17th Century Economic and Political Crises Compared

The problem with the debate around ‘the general crisis of the 17th century’ arose as soon as the phrase was put to paper, it’s the same problem that plagues debates over ‘brexit’, the central term is nebulous. Historians must decide for themselves what ‘general’ refers to, which causes great conflict like that we see between … Continue reading The 17th Century Economic and Political Crises Compared