By David Coleman
Creating Christian Granada presents a richly precise exam of a severe and transitional episode in Spain's march to international empire. town of Granada―Islam's ultimate bastion at the Iberian peninsula―surrendered to the regulate of Spain's "Catholic Monarchs" Isabella and Ferdinand on January 2, 1492. Over the subsequent century, Spanish country and Church officers, in addition to tens of millions of Christian immigrant settlers, reworked the previously Muslim urban right into a Christian one.
With consistent consciousness to situating the Granada case within the broader comparative contexts of the medieval reconquista culture at the one hand and sixteenth-century Spanish imperialism within the Americas at the different, Coleman conscientiously charts the alterations within the conquered city's social, political, spiritual, and actual landscapes. within the strategy, he sheds gentle at the neighborhood components contributing to the emergence of tensions among the conquerors and Granada's previously Muslim, "native" morisco neighborhood within the a long time major as much as the crown-mandated expulsion of lots of the city's moriscos in 1569–1570.
Despite the failure to assimilate the moriscos, Granada's prestige as a frontier Christian group below development fostered between a lot of the immigrant neighborhood cutting edge spiritual reform principles and courses that formed in direct methods various church-wide reform hobbies within the period of the ecumenical Council of Trent (1545–1563). Coleman concludes that the method in which reforms of principally Granadan beginning contributed considerably to modifications within the Church as an entire forces a reconsideration of conventional "top-down" conceptions of sixteenth-century Catholic reform.