Author(s): Roger Collins
Roger Collins, a leading historian, investigates a time in Spanish history known for its multi-religious society - when Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in apparent harmony - revealing a fuller, more complex picture of this fascinating period. Presents new ideas and interpretations of a fascinating yet much misunderstood period of Spanish and Islamic history A broad and complex treatment of the tenure of the Umayyad dynasty in SpainDebunks myths and investigates the historiography of existing scholarship of the period
Formerly a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in the University of Edinburgh, Roger Collins is now a Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely in medieval Spanish and European history, and his books include: " The Basques" (Blackwell, 1986), "The Arab Conquest of Spain, 710""-""797" (Blackwell, 1989), "Oxford Archaeological Guide to Spain" (1998), "Charlemagne" (1998), "Visigothic Spain, 409""-""711" (Blackwell, 2004), and, most recently, "Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy" (2009).