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Debra Blumenthal
University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003

Enemies and familiars: Muslim, eastern and black African slaves in late medieval Valencia

The fifteenth century city of Valencia boasted a slave and free population of pronounced religious and ethnic diversity. Valencia's free Muslim (Mudejar), Christian, and Jewish inhabitants encountered male and female slaves of varied origins: captive Moors and penally enslaved Mudejars, Greeks, Tartars, Russians, Circassians, and a growing number of black Africans. While the mechanics of the institution of slavery in Valencia have been delineated in the works of Vicenta Cort├ęs and Vicente Graullera Sanz, the dynamics of the master-slave relationship have yet to be explored. Utilizing previously unexploited archival sources, this project examines what it meant to be a slave and what it meant to be a master in this pluralistic society.