The Confluence of Religious Cultures in Medieval Spanish Historiography

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The Confluence of Religious Cultures project brings Digital Humanities tools to study the intersections of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim biblical interpretation in Medieval Spain. Our interdisciplinary team of literary scholars, linguists, and digital media experts from Canada, the United States, and Spain are creating the first scholarly edition and study of one of the first and most important works of Spanish history: the General Estoria, the largest universal history written in Medieval Europe. The General Estoria was revolutionary in the age of Latin literacy in that it made available for readers of the vernacular a history of human experience beginning with Adam and Eve and ending with the reign of renowned patron of the arts and sciences, king Alfonso X of Castile (r. 1252-1284).