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Mediterranean Studies 7 (1998)


1. Dieter A. Rumpel, Minoan Marked Stones: Calculation Boards?  

2. Brian Catlos, "Secundum suam zunam": Muslims in the Laws of the Aragonese "Reconquista" 

3. Tomás López Pizcueta, The Pia Almoina of Barcelona: A Rural Patrimony (Twelfth to Fourteenth Centuries) 

4. José Valente, The New Frontier: The Role of the Knights Templar in the Establishment of Portugal as an Independent Kingdom 

5. Guy R. Mermier, The Diaspora of the Occitan Troubadours: The Case of the Occitan Troubadour Lyrics and their Influence on the Poetry of the Galician-Portuguese Trovadores  

6. M.-Ana Börger-Reese, The Art of the Last Jongleur 

7. F. David Wondrich, The Crusade Within: "L’ Arabo imbelle" in Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata 

8. Susan L. Rosenstreich, Human, More Human, Humanest/Humanist: Levels of Morality, Structure and Storytelling in Boccaccio's Decameron 

9. George D. Winius, The Renaissance as Reflected in Goa 

10. Marianna D. Birnbaum, Jewish Patronage in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara 

11. Sean T. Perrone, The Road to the Veros Valores: Verification and Redistribution of the Ecclesiastical Subsidy in Castile, 1540-1542 

12. James B. Tueller, The Assimilating Morisco: Four Families in Valladolid prior to the Expulsion of 1610

13. Luis R. Corteguera, Violence and Identity in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Barcelona 

14. I. Lopez Martin, Embargo and Protectionist Policies in Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth-Century Hispano-Dutch Relations in the Western Mediterranean 

15. Francis A. Dutra, The Wounding of King José I: Accident or Assassination Attempt? 

About the Contributors:

Mirianna D. Birnbaum has just retired as Professor of Hungarian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in order to take up a new position at the Central European University (Budapest) in the Department of Medieval Studies. She is the author of eleven monographs and over one-hundred scholarly papers. Her main areas of interest are in the Renaissance in Central Europe (cultural history and semiotics), theory of literature, and Jews in art and literature.

M.-Ana Börger-Reese teaches in the Department of Foreign Languages at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Her principal interests lie in Medieval Spanish Literature and Nineteenth-Century Peninsular Drama. Most of her work has dealt with comparative genre studies (drama, prose, opera, dance) and translation. She is currently working on a translation into Spanish of Loveknot by contemporary playwright Dorothy Louise. She has served as Administrative Director of the José Greco Foundation for Hispanic Dance for the past 15 years. Before being asked to serve on the editorial board of Mediterranean Studies she was Managing Editor of Hispanic Review.

Brian Catlos is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Toronto. Currently writing his dissertation, "The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of the Ebro Valley, ss. XI-XIII," he has published articles on Middle Eastern and Islamic history. The recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship, he has received a number of awards from the governments of Ontario and Spain, the AHA, and the University of Toronto.

Luis R. Corteguera is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kansas. He has been awarded research grants by a number of institutions in the US and Spain, including the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and the US. His research has focused on early modern popular politics in Catalonia, which has been the subject of a number of articles. A book-length monograph titled "Artisans and Politics in Barcelona, 1580-1640" is in the process of completion.

Francis A. Dutra is a specialist in Portuguese and Brazilian history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is the author of two books, co-editor of a third, and has published more than fifty scholarly articles.  In 1996 he was named a Vasco da Gama Lecturer by Portugal's National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries. He has recently completed a study of commanders and their commanderies in the Portuguese Order of Santiago, 1415-1777.

I. Lopez Martin is a Ph.D. candidate at the European University Institute in Florence. His dissertation is the Origins of the Dutch Presence in the Western Mediterranean 1570s-1621. He holds the position of Historical Laboratory Assistant in the Department of History and Civilization. He has participated in different international conferences and visited the most important archives for historical studies in Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy. In collaboration with J. Tascón, he has published articles in III Congreso Astur-gallego di Sociologia: Expectativas de la Sociedad del Bienestar (Oviedo, 1996) and Anales del Instituto de Estudios Madrilenos (1997). This year he has obtained a grant from the Belgian Ministry of the Flemish Community to work as a researcher in the Department of History of the Katholike Universiteit of Leuven. His main fields of interest are economic and naval history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but he is also interested in the migration of the so-called working aristocracy (the highly specialized technicians and artisans from northern Europe), into southern Europe from the Renaissance on.

Tomás López Pizcueta completed his doctorate in Geography and History at the University of Barcelona in 1995. His dissertation was on the patrimony of the Pia Almoina of the See of Barcelona in the Fourteenth Century. He has written a number of articles on society and economy in the medieval crown of Aragon including essays on the history of the Jews, urban history, and the lands of the Pia Almoina, published in such journals as the Acta historica et archaeologica medievalia, Estudis d’história agrŕria, and the Miscellŕnia de documentos (CSIC, Barcelona).

Guy Mermier, born in Grenoble, France, has been teaching at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures since 1961. A Medievalist, he is Professor of French and Director of the University of Michigan Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARC). He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Society Guilhem IX on Occitan literature and culture, Vice President of the Mediterranean Studies Association, co-editor of Mediterranean Studies, and editor of the Series in the Humanities for Peter Lang Publishing. He is the author of many articles and books on French Literature and particularly Medieval French Literature. The French government recently promoted him to the rank of Officier des Palmes Académiques.

Sean T. Perrone is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral dissertation, "Charles V and the Castilian Assembly of the Clergy," focuses on the negotiations between the Crown and the ecclesiastical estate for the Church subsidy. His research was funded by the Fulbright Commission and the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States' Universities.

Susan L. Rosenstreich is Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at Dowling College. She has published articles on North American and North African Francophone literatures, and is editing a book of essays on contemporary narrative prose in Quebec. During the 1997-1998 academic year, she will be conducting research on the changing concept of self in the early European Renaissance.

Dieter A. Rumpel is ordinary (full) Professor and head of the Electrical Power Systems Institute of the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg, Germany. His official research is in power system control and simulation, especially in the application of language oriented data bases for that aim. His interest in Minoan culture springs from linguistic contacts gained in the latter occupation.

James B. Tueller is an assistant professor of history at Brigham Young University—Hawaii Campus where he teaches classes on world civilizations, early modern Europe, and European expansion. He completed his dissertation "Good and Faithful Christians: Moriscos and Catholicism in Early Modern Spain" in May 1997 at the Department of History, Columbia University. He continues to work on the history of the Moriscos and the impact of missionary efforts within the Iberian peninsula and throughout the Spanish Empire.

José Valente is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation deals with the role of the knights Templar in Portugal, particularly with their involvement in Portuguese expansion south during the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. He recently presented a paper, "Conquista and (re)Conquista in Twelfth-Century Portugal," at the the XX Symposium on Portuguese Traditions, held at UCLA. Another research interest involves the revolutionary period of 1383 and 1385. He is currently working on a paper analyzing the role of Queen Leonor Teles in the revolution as seen through the eyes of Fernao Lopes. He is also interested in Iberian Islamic history, particularly in the areas of social and religious interaction.

George D. Winius first heard about the Portuguese in the famous "Expansion of Europe" course taught by Garrett Mattingly at Columbia University. Ever since he has occupied himself with the study of their pioneering empire in Asia. He has taught at Hood College, the University of Florida, Leiden University, and Brown University. In addition to more than forty published articles, he is the author of The Fatal History of Portuguese Ceylon, The Merchant-Warrior Pacified, The Black Legend of Portuguese India, and, with the late Bailey Diffie, The Foundations of the Portuguese Empire. He and Norman Fiering, director of the John Carter Brown Library, are co-founders of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction, of which he was the first president. He is now Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center for Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

F. David Wondrich is an Assistant Professor of English at St. John's University.  He holds a 1997 Doctorate in Comparative Literature from New York University, where he concentrated on Latin literature in all its periods.  His research interests include didactic and scientific poetry, the cultural interchange between Islam and Christendom, and American vernacular music.  He is at present working on a book about pre-war jazz, blues and country records for Da Capo Press, and he has an article on the representation of the physical world scheduled to appear in the forthcoming issue of the Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature.