Literatura Medieval - Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures in the Iberian peninsula: Finding Books

Spanish literature and culture to 1500. Jewish-Christian-Muslim coexistence and the multi-ethnic environment in Iberia in the Middle Ages.


Islamic writing in a book


Codex Vigilanus

Finding Books

Subject Headings

The following are Library of Congress subject headings that will help you find books on your topic.  When searching the KU Libraries' online catalog, enter the appropriate subject heading in the SUBJECT HEADINGS field.

By Country and Period

  • Spanish literature--To 1500--History and criticism
  • Spain--History--711-1516
  • Andalusia (Spain)--History

Individual author's name:

  • Mena, Juan de
  • Alfonso X

Historical figures:

  • Cid
  • Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar
  • Alfonso, el Sabio

By Individual Literary Work:

  • Cantar de Mio Cid
  • Cantigas de Santa Maria


  • Spanish poetry--To 1500
  • Romances, Spanish--History and criticism
  • Muwashshah--History and criticism  (Jarchas)


  • Courtly love in literature
  • Muslims in literature
  • Women in literature

Background information:

  • Church Libraries--Spain
  • Books--Spain
  • Spain--Social Life and Customs
  • Spain--Civilization--Manuscripts
  • Spain--Intellectual Life--711-1516
  • Civilization, Medieval in literature
  • Literature and Science--Spain
  • Science, Medieval
  • Arabs--Spain--History
  • Jews--Spain--History
  • Inquisition--Spain
  • Muslims--Spain--History
  • Islam--Spain
  • Toledo (Spain)--Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Spain--Civilization--Islamic influences
  • Andalusia (Spain)--Civilization--Islamic influences
  • Judaism--Spain
  • Spain--Race relations
  • Spain--Church History