SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 20: 12th Century and the Plot Thickens

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 20: 12th Century and the Plot Thickens
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The 12th Century and Spain is still a land of half a dozen kingdoms vying for control and a score of Muslim principalities known as taifas. Throw in an invasion or two by the Moors and what you have is unimaginable instability. Little by little, the Muslims are beginning to lose their grip on Al Andalus, but it is ever so slow. Castile is on the rise, Aragon has come of age, and even Portugal has come out and become its own kingdom. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 20: 12th Century and the Plot Thickens

Alfonso I el Batallador – King of Aragon

The 12th Century and Spain is still a land of half a dozen kingdoms vying for control and a score of Muslim principalities known as taifas. Throw in an invasion or two by the Moors and what you have is unimaginable instability. Little by little, the Muslims are beginning to lose their grip on Al Andalus, but it is ever so slow. Castile is on the rise, Aragon has come of age, and even Portugal has come out and become its own kingdom. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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The Almudena: Why is Nov. 9th a holiday in Madrid?

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The Almudena: Why is Nov. 9th a holiday in Madrid?
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November 9th is a holiday in Madrid and it’s in honor of the Virgin Mary of the Almudena, one of the two patrons of the city. It’s a very old tradition and a very old figure in the history of the city. Listen and learn where we get the name from and some of things that people do on this day. Enjoy!

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The Zugarramurdi Witch Trials: Spain’s Salem

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The Zugarramurdi Witch Trials: Spain’s Salem
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1609 marked the beginning of the famous witch trials in the city of Logroño. Many of the accused were from a small town of Navarra known as Zugarramurdi. They are also known as the Basque Witch Trials. Unlike other countries in the north of Europe or in colonial America, witchcraft was viewed with skepticism in Spain and there were relatively few cases. But this was the big one. Ironically, it would be a thorough investigation led by a member of the Spanish Inquisition that would deem the witch hunt absurd and bring an end to it. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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The Zugarramurdi Witch Trials: Spain’s Salem

Aquelarre, a painting by Goya

1609 marked the beginning of the famous witch trials in the city of Logroño. Many of the accused were from a small town of Navarra known as Zugarramurdi. They are also known as the Basque Witch Trials. Unlike other countries in the north of Europe or in colonial America, witchcraft was viewed with skepticism in Spain and there were relatively few cases. But this was the big one. Ironically, it would be a thorough investigation led by a member of the Spanish Inquisition that would deem the witch hunt absurd and bring an end to it. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 19: The 11th Century and the Madness Goes On

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 19: The 11th Century and the Madness Goes On
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It’s the 11th Century and the situation in the Iberian Peninsula is as chaotic and uncertain as ever. Power struggles, civil wars, fratricide, invasions; it seems as if nothing is under control. Not for anyone. But it makes for some pretty exciting, albeit, confusing history. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 19: The 11th Century and the Madness Goes On

It’s the 11th Century and the situation in the Iberian Peninsula is as chaotic and uncertain as ever. Power struggles, civil wars, fratricide, invasions; it seems as if nothing is under control. Not for anyone. But it makes for some pretty exciting, albeit, confusing history. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP.18: The 10th Century

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP.18: The 10th Century
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Muslim Spain, Al Andalus, is at the height of its splendor as the Calipahte of Cordoba. Meanwhile, the Christian regions to the north try to stabilize. But infighting on both sides make things difficult. The great military Almanzor emerges as the terror of the Christian kingdoms. These are times of uncertainty for the Reconquista period of Spain. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP.18: The 10th Century

Muslim Spain, Al Andalus, is at the height of its splendor as the Calipahte of Cordoba. Meanwhile, the Christian regions to the north try to stabilize. But infighting on both sides make things difficult. The great military Almanzor emerges as the terror of the Christian kingdoms. These are times of uncertainty for the Reconquista period of Spain. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 17: Rise of the Kingdoms

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 17: Rise of the Kingdoms
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We are now right smack in the middle of the Middle Ages and many regions are ready to establish kingdoms and move south to push out the Muslims. These kingdoms and other territories will draw the regional map of modern Spain. To understand this period is to understand Spain today. In this episode we have tried to help you get a basic grasp of the different kingdoms, counties and territories. Hope it has worked. Enjoy!

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