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Visigoth Spain |
A Spain that was, and would be again

Visigoth Spain is drawn from Chapter Eight, beginning on page 206, of Volume Four, Darkness Descends of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit www.TheChristians.info.

Artifacts of Spain’s Visigoths evidence a civilization which the Muslims would supplant, but with a seven-hundred-year-long battle the Christians would regain the country

Visigoth Spain - A Spain that was, and would be again

Visigoth Spain – A Spain that was, and would be again
The rule of the seventh-century king Recceswinth was one of consolidation and advance for the Visigoths of Spain. His crown, featuring strands that hung over the face, bore his name in gold and jewels (left). Among the oldest churches of the country is the seventh-century Basilica of San Juan Bautista de Banos (above) on the Balearic Islands.

German Visigoths overran Spain in the fifth century, becoming for the next three hundred years the overlords of earlier peoples that had settled on the Iberian Peninsula. Its first recorded inhabitants, the Iberians, may have migrated from prehistoric Africa. They were followed by, and merged with, the Celts, many of whom embraced Christianity. When the Visigoths, who were Arian Christians themselves, arrived, they blended with the population as well, governing Spain until Islamic invaders fell upon the country in the eighth century. The Muslim Arabs occupied most of the region, renamed it Andalusia, and drove the surviving Christians into the mountainous north. Even now in Spain, however, numerous artifacts of Visigoth society keep turning up, of which the crown shown here is merely representative. During the succeeding seven hundred years, the Christians gradually pushed the Muslims out of the country, finally restoring it completely to Christianity in 1492–the same year that Columbus, sailing under the flag of once-Visigoth Spain, arrived in America.

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