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By Debra Blumenthal

A popular Mediterranean port positioned close to Islamic territories, the town of Valencia within the past due 15th century boasted a slave inhabitants of stated spiritual and ethnic range: captive Moors and penally enslaved Mudejars, Greeks, Tartars, Russians, Circassians, and a becoming inhabitants of black Africans. by means of the top of the 15th century, black Africans comprised up to forty percentage of the slave inhabitants of Valencia.

Whereas prior historians of medieval slavery have concentrated their efforts on defining the felony prestige of slaves, documenting the vagaries of the Mediterranean slave alternate, or analyzing slavery in the context of Muslim-Christian kinfolk, Debra Blumenthal explores the social and human dimensions of slavery during this religiously and ethnically pluralistic society. Enemies and Familiars lines the numerous studies of Muslim, japanese, and black African slaves from catch to freedom. After describing how males, girls, and kids have been enslaved and taken to the Valencian market, this ebook examines the substance of slaves' day-by-day lives: how they have been bought and who got them; the positions ascribed to them in the family hierarchy; the types of work they played; and the ways that a few reclaimed their freedom. Scrutinizing a big selection of archival assets (including wills, contracts, in addition to 1000's of civil and felony court docket cases), Blumenthal investigates what it intended to be a slave and what it intended to be a grasp at a severe second of transition.

Arguing that the dynamics of the master-slave courting either mirrored and made up our minds modern evaluations relating to non secular, ethnic, and gender ameliorations, Blumenthal's shut examine of the day by day interactions among masters and their slaves not just finds that slavery performed a crucial function in identification formation in overdue medieval Iberia but in addition deals clues to the improvement of "racialized" slavery within the early smooth Atlantic world.

"Blumenthal deals a hugely specified reconstruction of slave adventure at a very important time and position: fifteenth-century Valencia . . . . This in actual fact equipped and well-written ebook opens with an in depth examine how folks grew to become enslaved. . . . the majority of the booklet is dedicated to the social and monetary dimensions of slave lifestyles: the types of labor revenues engaged in, their actions and roles with their masters' households—including the sexual exploitation of women—and the restricted yet very genuine means
by which they can desire to procure and maintain their freedom. . . . [It is] a singularly shiny reconstruction of the rhythms of way of life on the reduce degrees of a past due medieval city." — James S. Amelang, American ancient evaluate (February 2010)

"Enemies and Familiars is an excellent piece of labor that offers entire and ambitious new vistas at the lives of slaves in the course of the transition to modernity and at the eve of the Atlantic slave alternate. The archival proof deployed by way of Debra Blumenthal is strangely wealthy and ample. i've got seldom obvious a publication with the sort of wealth of really fascinating fabric, nor have I usually obvious such facts so artfully used." — Teofilo F. Ruiz, UCLA

"Opening up a superb treasure apartment of records in Valencia, Debra Blumenthal deftly explores the lives of fifteenth-century slaves, at a serious second whilst assets of provide have been switching from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. during this pioneering e-book, she graphically explains how the slaves themselves reacted to their unlucky condition." — David Abulafia, Cambridge University

"Beautifully weaving jointly felony, social, and cultural background, Debra Blumenthal has exposed a wealthy international of early glossy slavery that demanding situations past perspectives of the discontinuity among old and New international different types of enslavement. Elegantly written and exhaustively researched—a must-read for all who're drawn to the origins of race, and early encounters among Africans and Europeans." — Ariela J. Gross, collage of Southern California

"The notable wealth of overdue medieval data is on exhibit during this fantastic research of slave stipulations in fifteenth-century Valencia. Slaves have been a worldly commodity; they poured in from all around the Mediterranean and in addition from the lands past Constantinople, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Canary Islands. strolling conscientiously among slave degradation and slave company, Debra Blumenthal produces a whole and pleasurable photograph of the complexity of overdue Mediterranean slavery." — Daniel Lord Smail, Harvard collage

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