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Riccoldo the Florentine’s Reprobacion del Alcoran: A Manual for Preaching to the ‘Moors’

Cándida Ferrero Hernández

Abstract

The Contra legem Sarracenorum by Riccoldo da Monte di Croce (1300) was the object of attention, since the end of the 14th century, although it was in the environment of the conciliarists who participated in the Council of Basel (15th century) that interest in his reading among European intellectuals, handwritten copies reaching the Iberian Peninsula, crystallizing that interest in the editio princeps of the work (Improbatio Alcorani, Seville 1500), sponsored by the Dominican Antonio de la Pena and in its later translation into Spanish (Reprobacion del Alcoran, Sevilla 1501 and Toledo 1502), in the context of the Christianization of the recently conquered territory of Granada.

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