The rule of law and the written word in Alfonsine Castile:Demystifying a consecrated vernacular

Rojinsky, David (2003) The rule of law and the written word in Alfonsine Castile:Demystifying a consecrated vernacular. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 80 (3). pp. 287-305. ISSN 1475-3839

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Abstract

This study examines the correspondences between reconquest, repopulation and the acceptance of Castilian as an official written language. While recent research has focused on how the Castilian monarchy sought to invent written Castilian as a sacred script comparable to Latin, Arabic and Hebrew, or simply as a prestigilas language of culture, my reading of the Siete Partidas is more concerned with vernacular writing as a regulatory practice and vernacular writings as administrative tools sanctioned by the Crown to facilitate the socio-juridical control of repopulated spaces and peoples. Ultimately, the practical demands of territorial conquest were more critical to the acceptance of Spanish writing than any purely cultural concerns the Crown may have had.

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Journal Article
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Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
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22 Jun 2019 08:58
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Published
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