Chapter Two surveys the use of peace in the political vocabularies of the barbarian rulers of Vandal North Africa, Gibichung Burgundy, Ostrogothic Italy, Visigothic Spain
, and Merovingian Francia, with a digression on the notions of peace found in the works of Pope Gregory the Great.
Among the best English language studies on Visigoth Spain, Roger Collinses Visigothic Spain
, 409-711 (Oxford: Blaekwell, 2004) exemplifies the tendency of English scholarship to downplay Visigoth culture and overlook making a favorable comparison with contemporary Arabs.
His vision is panoramic; from Visigothic Spain
to the Sasanian Empire, moving in and out from "churched" and "unchurched" Christianities, from urban episcopal "nerve centres" to rural "de-Christianized" regions, in a sweeping and evocative narrative.
This atrocity ostensibly paved the way for the Berber invasion and the fall of Visigothic Spain
Luna criticizes Rodrigo's reign, and by extension all of Visigothic Spain
, by rewriting and recontextualizing the legendary king in such a way as to reshape Spain's Islamic legacy.