Category: Reconquista

A Muslim army from Morocco defeated the Visigothic King of Spain in 711 AD and over the next few years imposed Islamic rule over much of the Iberian Peninsular. But a rump Christian state remained and over many centuries managed to reconquer Spain and Portugal.


DBA IV/68 Medieval Spanish Or Portuguese 1340AD-1485AD

The DBA army list IV/68 Medieval Spanish Or Portuguese 1340AD-1485AD is the Christian army at the tail end of the Reconquista. Mostly the armies this list represents fought each other. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

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DBA III/34 Andalusian 710AD-1172AD

The DBA army list III/74 Fanatic Berber 1039AD-1529AD is one of the two main Muslim armies of the Reconquista. I think the standard DBA list is pretty rubbish due to the high number light infantry. I don’t like it because it makes for a very weak army in DBA but also because it isn’t particularly historical. I’ll post a revision in due course. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

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DBA III/35 Feudal Spanish 718AD-1340AD

The DBA army list III/35 Feudal Spanish 718AD-1340AD is the main Christian army of the Reconquista. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

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DBA III/74 Fanatic Berber 1039AD-1529AD

The DBA army list III/74 Fanatic Berber 1039AD-1529AD is one of the two main Muslim armies of the Reconquista. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

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Islamic Army Lists for HOTT

I quite like using HOTT for historical armies. Here is my current thinking on Islamic Armies of the Reconquista for HOTT.

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Reconquista Christian Army Lists for HOTT

I quite like using HOTT for historical armies. Here is my current thinking on Christian Armies of the Reconquista for HOTT.

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No-Mans Land Mini-Campaign

This is a skirmish level mini-campaign set in no-mans land on a fairly static front. It is applicable to any period (see the possible settings). Each player is a junior commander whose job is the patrol and control the area between the opposing forces. Over three game days and nights each player must plan and execute 6 missions from a predetermined list. The interest lies in the fact that each player is picking from a different list to that of his opponent. The key problem being addressed is “How does a commander react when faced with events not covered by

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Chess and Medieval Spain

Queen Isabel of Castile united Castile and Aragon to create modern Spain. She also inspired the Queen piece in the modern game of Chess.

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Reconquista Timeline: Christian Resurgence 1250 – 1492

By 1250 the Reconquista was in full swing and in 1492 the Christians captured Granda, the last of the Muslim enclaves.

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Reconquista Timeline: Fanatic Berbers 1086 – 1250

“Better to pasture camels than be a swine-herd” (Al-Mutamid of Seville)

With the Christians putting increasing pressure on the Muslims of the south, the Taifa kings were forced to call upon their Moroccan brethren for assistance. This wasn’t an easy decision but in the end each decided it was better than subjugation by the Christians.

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Reconquista Timeline: Taifa Kingdoms 1008 – 1086

When Al-Muzaffar – Al-Mansur’s son – died in 1008 the power in Al-Andalus was divided between three factions or parties (Taifas): the old nobility of either Arab or Berber origin, recent Berber mercenaries, and the “Slavs” (slaves, often European, with Military of Civil roles). The factions started taking over long before the last of the Umayyad Caliphs, Hisham III, disappeared in 1031. The period closes when the Taifa kings call upon the Moroccan Al-Murabitun to protect them from the encroaching Christians.

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Reconquista Timeline: Umayyad Dynasty 755 – 1002

A sub-branch of the Umayyad family ruled Spain from 755 until 1030. These were the glory years for the Muslims in Spain. Although puppet Caliphs lingered on until 1031, the power of the Umayyad’s was broken by 1002 when the vizier Al-Mansur died.

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Reconquista Timeline: Arab Conquest 711 – 754

Although raiders had crossed from Morocco for several years it was Tariq ibn Ziyad, in 711, that led the first major invasion force.

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List of Taifa Kingdoms 1009-1571

This is a list of most of the Taifa Kingdoms (Collins, 1983; Fletcher, 1992; Menéndez, 1934; Kennedy, 1996; Wikipedia: Taifa). I can’t guarantee if it is complete. I’ve taken the Arabic names for the Tailfas from the excellent, but seemingly defunct, Al-Andalus site.

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Sources for Al-Andalus and the Reconquista

Including:

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