A comprehensive history that focuses on the crises of Spain in the late middle ages and the early transformations that underpinned the later successes of the Catholic Monarchs.
Illuminates Spain's history from the early fourteenth century to the union of the Crowns of Castile and Aragon in 1474
Examines the challenges and reforms of the social, economic, political, and cultural structures of the country
Looks at the early transformations that readied Spain for the future opportunities and challenges of the early modern Age of Discovery
Includes a helpful bibliography to direct the reader toward further study
Teofilo F. Ruiz is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include Crisis and Continuity: Land and Town in Late Medieval Castile (1994) and Spanish Society 1400-1600 (2002) and From Heaven to Earth. The Reordering of Castilian Society, 1150-1350 (2004).